Game Notes @ MIA (07.31) Padres, Kennedy Slated against Marlins for Series Opener in South Beach

Following a rain-soaked series victory over the Mets in New York on Thursday, the Friars have landed in South Beach Florida to kick off the first of a three-game set against the Fish on Friday. The Padres (49-53), riding high after a phenomenal comeback victory in a twice rain-delayed contest last night, hope to continue their winning ways as they face off against the Marlins (42-60) for the fifth time this season.

Taking the mound for San Diego will be RHP Ian Kennedy (6-9, 4.58 ERA). Although Kennedy was originally planned to be unavailable tonight due to the birth of his fourth child, inclement weather in Miami has prevented Kennedy from leaving and RHP Odrisamer Despaigne will make his regularly scheduled start tomorrow night instead. (more…)

Padres Acquire LHP Marc Rzepczynski from Cleveland Indians

rzepczynskiThe team announced today that they have acquired left-handed relief pitcher Marc Rzepczynski from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for outfielder Abraham Almonte. Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller made the announcement. 

Rzepczynski, 29, (pronounced zep-CHIN-skee) has appeared in 45 games out of the bullpen this season for the Indians, pitching to a 2-3 record with a 4.43 ERA (10 ER, 20.1 IP) with 24 strikeouts against 10 walks while limiting the opposition to a .280 batting average. The 6-2, 220-pound left-hander has appeared in 322 Major League games, 23 starts, over parts of seven big league seasons with the Blue Jays (2009-11), Cardinals (2011-13) and Indians (2013-15), and has pitched to a 11-23 record with a 3.81 ERA in that time. A former fifth-round selection by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, the University of California, Riverside product has limited left-handed hitters to a .212 batting average as well as a .286 slugging percentage over the course of his career, the seventh-lowest opponents slugging percentage of any Major League reliever since the start of the 2009 season. Additionally, he’s appeared in 297 games since the start of the 2011 season, the seventh-highest total of any left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball in that time. (more…)

Morrow returns to San Diego with soreness; Murphy discusses Hedges, shortstop and trading deadline

Thursday’s pre-game update before the afternoon game against the Mets at CitiField in New York started with an update on Brandon Morrow.

The right-hander will not make his second, scheduled rehab start with Triple-A El Paso Thursday. Instead, he will be returning to San Diego to have his right shoulder re-evaluated after experiencing more soreness.

Morrow, who has been on the disabled list since May 3rd with right shoulder inflammation, also had an earlier rehab assignment aborted when the pain returned. (more…)

Game Notes @ NYM (07.30) Cashner Faces Niese in Rubber Match Finale at Citi Field

The Friars took a commanding 7-3 victory over the Mets on Wednesday after the team combined for 15 hits and six separate multi-hit performances, including a 4-for-5 performance by infielder Yangervis Solarte. Thanks to Yesterday’s win, the Padres (48-53) were able to force a rubber match against the Mets (52-49) and have a chance to go for the series victory in Thursday’s matinee matchup.

Taking the hill for San Diego will be RHP Andrew Cashner (4-10, 3.93 ERA), who is coming off of his fourth win of the year after throwing seven innings of one-run baseball against Miami on July 24th at Petco Park. Cashner will face off against LHP Jon Niese (5-9, 3.75 ERA), whose last outing on Friday against the Dodgers (3.0 IP, 6 ER)  was cut short due to the birth of his son, hasn’t faced San Diego since the 2013 season.  (more…)

Game Notes @ NYM (07.29) Padres turn to Mighty Ross for “Middle-Match” versus Mets

The Friars had a difficult time trying to solve Mets starter Noah Syndergaard in Tuesday’s opener after managing to only crank out three hits against the young rookie, but Wednesday presents a new day for San Diego as they look to even the series against New York.

In game two of a three-game set, the Padres (47-53) turn to RHP Tyson Ross (6-8, 3.45 ERA) to take on the Mets (52-48) and veteran RHP Bartolo Colon (9-9, 4.60 ERA). Over two career starts against the Metropolitans, Ross owns a 1-0 record with a 0.64 ERA. (more…)

Myers’ “expected soreness” will keep him from swinging for 5-6 days

Wil Myers will back off from swinging for the next five to six days before his surgically-repaired left wrist is re-evaluated.

The outfielder-first baseman experienced soreness late last week when he started swinging a small bat just under six weeks after surgery to remove a bone spur from his left wrist. That soreness was termed “to be expected.”

Meanwhile, Padres manager Pat Murphy yesterday addressed his players’ reactions to the trading deadline, his team’s recent play and the surging Matt Kemp. (more…)

Game Notes @ NYM (07.28) Padres kickoff Road Trip with Series Opener against Mets

James+Shields+San+Diego+Padres+v+Los+Angeles+klj97rePkZmlAfter a successful 6-3 homestand and a series victory over the Miami Marlins, the Friars are set to kick off a 10-day, 10-game road trip with the first of a three-game set against the Mets in New York City.

The Padres (47-52) will send RHP James Shields (8-3, 3.77 ERA) to the mound against the Mets (51-48) RHP Noah Syndergaard (4-5, 2.97 ERA) this afternoon. Shields, who has gone 1-1 with a 2.17 ERA in his last five starts, will look for his ninth win of the season while Syndergaard will be facing the Friars for the first time since surrendering seven earned runs on 10 hits against San Diego on June 2nd.  (more…)

Myers to see doctor after experiencing soreness in wrist

The hopefully small setback suffered by outfielder-first baseman Wil Myers in his rehab from the June 18th surgery to remove a bonespur from his left wrist was the main topic of discussion Sunday during the Padres pre-game press conferences.

Myers experienced soreness after swinging a smaller bat for the first time since his surgery in the batting cage.

Rather than travel with the Padres to New York Sunday night, Myers will travel to Arizona Monday to be examined by Dr. Don Sheirdan, who performed the surgery on Myers’ wrist.  (more…)

Game Notes vs. MIA (07.26) Friars close out Homestand with Sunday Series Finale

The Friars are coming off of back-to-back 3-1 victories over Miami thanks to a couple of outstanding pitching performances and a revitalized Padres offense that has delivered in tight spots. With Sunday’s series finale ahead of them, the Padres (46-52) hope to lock down a 6-3 homestand with a victory over the Marlins (41-57) today.

Looking to catapult the Friars into a victory on Sunday will be RHP Odrisamer Despaigne (3-7, 4.98). Despaigne, who has never faced the Marlins before in his career, will face off against former Padres RHP Mat Latos (4-6, 4.48 ERA). Latos spent three years pitching for San Diego between 2009-2011 before being traded to Cincinnati.  (more…)

Game Notes vs. MIA (07.25) IPK Gets the Call as Friars Continue Series against Miami

ian-kennedy-mlb-new-york-mets-san-diego-padres-590x900The Swinging Friars are coming off of a 3-1 victory over Miami last night as a trio of Padres hitters left the ballyard yesterday to support a stellar one-run outing by Andrew Cashner. With an even series halfway through their current four-game set, the Padres (45-52) will try to win their second in a row on Saturday and secure at least a split against the Marlins (41-56).

Taking the hill for San Diego on Saturday will be RHP Ian Kennedy (5-9, 4.78 ERA), who is coming off of a victory his last time out against San Francisco on July 20th. Kennedy will face off against RHP David Phelps (4-6, 3.91 ERA). (more…)

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