As the Padres enter the second half of September, the team looks to end the season on the high note. They are 69-78 and would need eight more wins to surpass their 2014 record. Achieving less than 77 wins would make this season even more disappointing and continue to raise questions of the flaws within this current roster.
One player who has finally come around is Matt Kemp. Kemp has had a fantastic second half which has given hope to the Padres fan base that he can be a middle of the order producer for years to come. Many pundits earlier this season already had said that the Dodgers were the clear winner of the trade that involved Kemp and Yasmani Grandal. While that might be true in two years down the road, Kemp has clearly outproduced him on the offensive side. This is what the Padres were aiming for the entire time.
- Josh Johnson is set to undergo his third Tommy John surgery, writes Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The former All Star never pitched a pitch in a regular season game with the Padres. This will likely end a very disappointing tenure with the organization.
- Colin Rea (elbow soreness) was scratched from his last start on Sunday, tweets Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune. It is unknown if the rookie pitcher will return again this season. Robbie Erlin will make the start in place of him.
- Derek Norris (hand) is day to day after suffering the injury in the Diamondbacks series, tweets Dennis Lin.
- The Padres announced they’ve recalled the following players: infielder/outfielder Cody Decker, right handed pitcher Casey Kelly, left handed pitcher Robbie Erlin. Decker, who is popular among the fanbase, was called up for the first time in his major league career. Kelly and Erlin will likely make a start or two and will be contenders for a rotation spot next season.