The Padres have begun 8-5 to start the month of May. Even so, it hasn’t felt as though the club has had a winning record in the month of May. The team has been shut out three times this month, while scoring 6+ runs in in six games in May. It’s been an up and down month for the club. For instance, coming into Friday night, Padres’ pitchers had given up 51 home runs in 35 games played, which is tied for most allowed in all of baseball.

Some players have gotten off to hot starts in the first half of the month:

  • Jedd Gyorko: 11-31,  4 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB 9 SO, (.355/.412/.581)
  • Will Venable: 8-22, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, 5 BB 5 SO, (.320/.433/.520)
  • Corey Spangenberg: 10-31, 3B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 7 BB 7 SO, (.333/.432/.556)
  • Wil Myers: 11-36, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, 7 BB 6 SO, (.306/.419/.528)
  • Justin Upton: 16-50, 3 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 7 BB 12 SO, (.320/.414/.500)

Friars Shortstop Search

The Padres aren’t really a fit for Rockies Troy Tulowitzki, because of the club’s lack of pitching depth in the minor leagues, writes Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

The only scenario where this could work is trading pieces off the major league roster, something rarely seen when a team is contending.

Also from Heyman, if the Brewers make Jean Segura available, the Padres would be interested. The club sees Alexi Amarista as a utility piece more than an everyday short stop.

Personally, I feel a Tulowitzki to Padres deal is a pipe dream. The two teams don’t match on players that get a deal done. The only way a conversation could get started would be a package surrounding around Andrew Cashner or Tyson Ross, who are under control beyond this season. It doesn’t make any sense to trade one of the club’s starters while in contention even if there is some pitching depth in San Diego (Josh Johnson , Cory Luebke, and Casey Kelly).

A deal involving Jean Segura makes more sense, with a package involving Rymer Liriano and others that could appeal to the Brewers, given the Padres’ outfield depth. The Brewers have seven outfielders considered top prospects, according to MLB.com, but none have played above Double-A. Liriano is in Triple-A El Paso and is hitting .252/.364/.403 with 3 home runs and 16 RBI so far this season.

Injury Notes

  • Wil Myers (left wrist) is not expected to be placed on the disabled list, tweets Corey Brock of MLB.com. Myers has tendinitis in his left wrist and the team is hopeful he return to the starting lineup in the 3 to 4 days. Myers as been a catalyst for the club, hitting .291/.340/.493 through the first 35 games this season.
  • Melvin Upton (left foot) will begin his rehab assignment in El Paso this weekend, tweets Jeff Sanders of UT San Diego. He’s targeting a early June return.
  • Brandon Morrow (shoulder inflammation) could be about 3-4 days away from throwing, tweets Marty Caswell of the Mighty1090.com. Morrow has a 2.73 ERA in five starts this season.
  • Also from Caswell, Yonder Alonso (bruised shoulder) is doing well but is still a bit away from resuming swinging the bat (Twitter Link). Alonso has hit .333/.427/.437 to start the season this year.

Friar Moves

  • Wil Nieves has cleared outright waivers and has elected for free agency, tweets Jeff Sanders. The backstop ended up signing a minor league contract with the Braves this week.

Minor League Roundup

  • For the Fort Wayne Tincaps, infielder Duanel Jones (signed out of the Dominican Republic), is off to a great start this season, hitting .320/.374/.534 with a team high 5 home runs while also knocking in 25 RBI. He’s been in the Padres farm system in 2010.
  • For the Lake Elsinore Storm, outfielder Auston Bousfield (5th round, 2014 draft) is hitting .311/.393/.412 continues to hit well. He has 5 doubles, 2 triples, and one home run with 15 RBI. Since joining the organization, he’s hit .311/.393/.412 overall.
  • For the San Antonio Missions, pitcher Colin Rea (12th round, 2011 draft) is putting up ridiculous numbers for the Missions. In 47.2 innings this season, he’s given up 6 earned runs (1.13 ERA) in seven starts.
  • For the El Paso Chihuahuas, pitcher Leonel Campos (signed out of Venezuela) has put up solid numbers coming out of the bullpen this year. In 17.2 innings, he’s only given up 3 earned runs (1.53 ERA) while striking out 22 and only walking 4. This is a possible option the club could look at if some relievers at the major league level continue to struggle with consistency.

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