The San Diego Padres are seventeen games into the month of June with a record of 33-36. They are six games back in the National League West and are 4.5 games back of the National League Wild Card. In the month of June, the club sports a record of 8-9. With the schedule somewhat easier on paper so far this month, the club has not had an improved record in June.

As it is now widely known, Pat Murphy has taken over as the interim manager for a team that still hopes to contend for a postseason birth. Under Murphy, the Padres are 1-2, but the Padres are still in the thick of things when it comes to reaching the postseason.

If Murphy does turn around the Padres season, could he become the club’s permanent manager? Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com said on MLB Network this week that it is certainly possible. His fiery, competitive, and bold attitude matches similar traits to Padres’ General Manager A.J. Preller.

With a resume that many first time managers couldn’t match, Murphy is the Padres last hope in what could end up being a disappointing season given the club’s high expectations.

Now with the managerial move, the players are the ones that need to produce. Here are the players that are having good months in June:

  • Clint Barmes: 8-26, 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, BB, 8 SO, .308/.333/.538
  • Alexi Amarista: 13-39, 3 2B, HR, 5 RBI, BB, 5 SO, .333/.366/.487
  • Yonder Alonso: 17-58, 3 2B, HR 8 RBI, 6 BB, 7 SO, .293/.369/.397
  • Corey Spangenberg: 15-56, 3 2B, 3B, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 15 SO, .268/.311/.357
  • Ian Kennedy: 24 IP, 22 H, 7 ER, 4 BB 22 SO, 1.08 WHIP, 2.63 ERA
  • James Shields: 19.1 IP, 18 H, (8 R) 7 ER, 6 BB 16 SO, 1.24 WHIP, 3.26 ERA
  • Shawn Kelley: 9.1 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 2 BB 8 SO, 1.07 WHIP, 0.96 ERA

Injury Notes

  • Wil Myers (left wrist tendinitis) had surgery to remove a bone spur in his left wrist, according to the Padres official account. It will likely be about 8 weeks until Myers could resume any baseball activities, tweets Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune. He could be back on the field sometime in late August or early September, if they aren’t any setbacks.
  • Brandon Morrow (right shoulder inflammation) is close to returning the the mound after his setback in his previous rehab assignment, A.J. Preller said in an interview on the Mighty 1090 (12:00 mark).

Friar Notes

  • Jacob Nix (right handed pitcher, 3rd round of the 2015 draft) has signed with the Padres, tweets Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. He signed for $900,000, while the slot value for the pick was $687,300.
  • Justin Pacchioli (center fielder, 10th round of the 2015 draft) has signed with the Padres, tweets Jonathon Mayo of MLB.com. He signed for $5,000, while the slot value for this pick was $150,600.
  • William Headean (left handed pitcher, 13th round of the 2015 draft) has signed with the Padres for $100,000, tweets Jim Callis of MLB.com.
  • Kyle Overstreet (catcher, 14th round of the 2015 draft) has signed with the Padres for an undisclosed amount, according to Overstreet’s Instagram post.
  • Elliot Ashbeck (right handed pitcher, 16th round of 2015 draft) has signed with the Padres for an undisclosed amount, according to his Twitter account.
  • Nick Monroe (right handed pitcher, 21st round of the 2015 draft) has signed with the Padres for an undisclosed amount, tweets Eric Detweiler of StarNewsOnline.com.
  • Braxton Lorenzini (right handed pitcher, 33rd round of the 2015 draft) has signed with the Padres for an undisclosed amount, according to a press release by his community college.
  • Brett Kennedy (right handed pitcher, 11th round), Trey Wingenter (right handed pitcher, 17th round), Phil Maton (right handed pitcher, 20th round), Christian Cecilio (left handed pitcher, 22nd round), Louis Distasio (right handed pitcher, 32nd round) are on the current Low-A Tri-City Dust Devil Roster, so they have all signed with the Padres.

Friar Moves

  • With the Wil Myers injury, right handed pitcher Cory Mazzoni was recalled to take his spot on the roster, the team announced. Mazzoni has struggled thus far in 2015, giving up 20 earned runs in 8.2 innings.

About The Author

Justin covers the San Diego Padres on @Padresindepth on Twitter. He writes for his own blog, called Inside the Friars, which can be found @InsideTheFriars on Twitter. He's been writing for Baseball Essential since September 2014.

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