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Padres' Robinson Cano insists he has 'a lot left in the tank'

May 13, 2022, 11:51 PM

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The San Diego Padres officially signed veteran infielder Robinson Cano on Friday, hours before a road game against the Atlanta Braves.

Cano, 39, was released by the New York Mets on Sunday. The club designated Cano for assignment on May 2 and he was let go after clearing waivers.

Cano, an eight-time All-Star, was batting just .195 with one homer and three RBIs in 12 games with the Mets. But he insists he can still perform at a high level.

"I've got a lot left in the tank," Cano told reporters in Atlanta. "I know I can still play this game and just go out on top."

Acting manager Ryan Christenson said Cano will get occasional starts at second base and designated hitter. Cano was not in Friday's starting lineup.

Christenson is running the club after manager Bob Melvin recently underwent prostate surgery.

Cano will be paid $20.25 million this season but the Padres are only on the hook for a prorated share of the $700,000 minimum salary. The Mets owe the remainder.

Cano has 2,632 career hits, 335 homers and 1,305 RBIs in 2,246 games with the New York Yankees (2005-13), Seattle Mariners (2014-18) and Mets. The Dominican Republic native has a .302 career batting average.

Cano missed the 2021 season following his second suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.

"I missed the game," Cano said. "I would say every bad situation you've got to take the good things out of it. I had a chance to spend time with my kids, being a dad. My daughter's only 5. My son is 11. You've just got to move on and turn the page."

The Padres optioned struggling right-hander Dinelson Lamet to Triple-A El Paso to open a roster spot. Lamet, 29, is 0-1 with a 9.72 ERA in 10 relief appearances.

--Field Level Media

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Report: Padres nearing deal with 2B Robinson Cano

May 12, 2022, 4:34 PM

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The San Diego Padres are close to signing second baseman Robinson Cano, the New York Post reported Thursday.

The 39-year-old veteran was released by the New York Mets on Sunday after passing unclaimed through waivers.

The newspaper said a "few teams" have expressed interest in the eight-time All-Star, who is expected to sign a major league contract.

Cano, who missed the 2021 season following a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, batted .195 with one homer and three RBIs in eight games this season.

The Padres are struggling at the plate this season, entering Thursday ranked 12th in the National League in batting average (.227) and slugging percentage (.364).

Cano has 2,632 career hits, third among active players behind Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera, both members of the 3,000-hit club. A five-time Silver Slugger award winner, he has 335 career home runs and 1,305 RBIs in 2,246 games with the New York Yankees (2005-13), Seattle Mariners (2014-18) and Mets.

He signed a 10-year, $240 million deal with Seattle in December 2013, and the Mariners traded him to the Mets in December 2018 as part of a six-player swap. The Mets owe Cano about $40 million over the next two years.

--Field Level Media

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Padres manager Bob Melvin undergoes prostate surgery

May 12, 2022, 12:15 AM

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San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin underwent successful prostate surgery, with the club announcing Wednesday the 60-year-old is expected to make a full recovery.

Bench coach Ryan Christenson had been serving as interim manager for select games over the past week as Melvin dealt with symptoms of what the Padres originally referred to as a gastrointestinal problem.

The Padres are set to begin a three-city, nine-game road trip Friday at Atlanta, with Melvin optimistic he can return in less than two weeks. Christenson will serve as manager on the road trip.

"The timetable is, hopefully at the longest, I'd just miss the road trip," Melvin said Monday, when he rejoined the team for a game. "I hope it's shorter than that, but that's probably the timetable. ... I hope it's only Atlanta and Philadelphia (that I miss), but if it's the entire road trip, it's the entire road trip."

Melvin said of the pending operation, "Just want to get it over with."

Melvin said his doctors did not believe he had prostate cancer. The team did not specify if cancer was found.

"Everybody's biggest question is Bob's health, making sure that he's in a good place here in the next few days and gets some relief," Padres president of baseball operations A.J. Preller said, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. "The diagnosis from the doctors has been good. In terms of the team and the staff, we've got a lot of experience, and guys know their responsibilities. I think everybody's looking forward to stepping up and keeping things going."

Melvin is in his first season as the Padres' manager. He spent the past 11 years leading the Oakland A's before getting permission to move to San Diego in the offseason.

Melvin previously managed the Seattle Mariners and the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 19 years as a major league skipper, he has a 1,366-1,283 regular-season record (.516) and a 10-17 mark in the postseason.

--Field Level Media

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Braves C Manny Pina set for season-ending wrist surgery

May 11, 2022, 9:55 PM

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Atlanta Braves catcher Manny Pina will undergo surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left wrist and will miss the remainder of the season.

Pina, 34, has not played since April 24 with what was originally labeled as wrist inflammation.

After signing a two-year, $8 million deal in the offseason, Pina played in just five games for the Braves with two hits in 14 at-bats.

In his ninth season, Pina is a career .243 hitter with 42 home runs and 148 RBIs in 414 games for the Kansas City Royals (2011-12), Milwaukee Brewers (2016-21) and Braves.

--Field Level Media

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Padres manager Bob Melvin set for prostate surgery

May 11, 2022, 2:12 AM

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San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin is set to undergo prostate surgery on Wednesday but doesn't expect to miss more than a dozen games, he said Tuesday.

Bench coach Ryan Christenson will serve as interim manager during Melvin's absence -- a role he has filled over the past week as Melvin dealt with symptoms of what the Padres originally referred to as a gastrointestinal problem.

Melvin was back in charge Monday night when the Padres lost 6-0 to the visiting Chicago Cubs in the opener of a three-game series.

Christenson entered COVID protocol on Monday but was cleared Tuesday and was set to be in charge that night against the Cubs.

After the series finale vs. Chicago on Wednesday afternoon, the Padres head out for a road trip featuring three-game series against the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants.

"The timetable is, hopefully at the longest, I'd just miss the road trip. I hope it's shorter than that, but that's probably the timetable. ... I hope it's only Atlanta and Philadelphia (that I miss), but if it's the entire road trip, it's the entire road trip."

Melvin said of the pending operation, "Just want to get it over with."

Melvin said his doctors do not believe he has prostate cancer, but it won't become certain until after he has the operation.

"Everybody's biggest question is Bob's health, making sure that he's in a good place here in the next few days and gets some relief," Padres president of baseball operations A.J. Preller said, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. "The diagnosis from the doctors has been good. In terms of the team and the staff, we've got a lot of experience, and guys know their responsibilities. I think everybody's looking forward to stepping up and keeping things going."

In addition to Christenson, who has no managerial experience, Melvin's staff features third base coach Matt Williams, who managed the Washington Nationals in 2014 and '15.

The 60-year-old former catcher is in his first season as the Padres' manager. He spent the past 11 years leading the Oakland A's before getting permission to move to San Diego in the offseason.

Melvin previously managed the Seattle Mariners and the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 19 years as a major league skipper, he has a 1,365-1,283 regular-season record (.515) and a 10-17 mark in the postseason.

--Field Level Media

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Padres activate Wil Myers, Luke Voit from IL

May 10, 2022, 11:18 PM

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The San Diego Padres activated outfielder Wil Myers and designated hitter Luke Voit from the 10-day injured list prior to Tuesday's game against the visiting Chicago Cubs.

San Diego also optioned top-flight shortstop prospect C.J. Abrams to Triple-A El Paso and designated journeyman outfielder Trayce Thompson for assignment.

Both Myers and Voit are in Tuesday night's starting lineup.

Myers, 31, hasn't played since April 26 due to a thumb injury. He is batting .218 with seven RBIs in 15 games.

Voit, 31, last played on April 22. He is batting .143 with just one extra-base hit (a double) and five RBIs in 13 games.

The Padres had Abrams open the season in the majors, despite having no Triple-A experience, due to an injury to star shortstop Fernando Tatis (wrist). But the 21-year-old never found his stride and hit .182 with one home run and four RBIs in 20 games.

The writing was on the wall for Abrams when the Padres claimed infielder Sergio Alcantara off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.

Thompson, 31, batted just .071 (1-for-14) with seven strikeouts in six games. He had nine homers for El Paso before joining the Padres.

--Field Level Media

Padres place Wil Myers (thumb) on IL, call up Trayce Thompson

April 28, 2022, 5:27 PM

The San Diego Padres placed Wil Myers on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb contusion and selected the contract of fellow outfielder Trayce Thompson from Triple-A El Paso.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Thompson, the Padres moved right-hander Austin Adams on the 60-day IL.

Myers' IL stint is retroactive to Wednesday. He has been dealing with thumb soreness for much of the opening month of the season and reportedly aggravated the injury Tuesday. The 31-year-old was batting .218 with a .527 OPS over his first 15 games with three doubles and no home runs.

Thompson, 31, has played in just 15 major league games since the end of the 2018 season. He was batting .316 and had a 1.244 OPS at El Paso through 16 games with nine home runs. In 217 career major league games with four teams, Thompson has 26 home runs and 68 RBIs while batting .208.

--Field Level Media

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Braves OF Eddie Rosario (eye) could miss up to 12 weeks

April 26, 2022, 5:22 PM

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Atlanta Braves outfielder Eddie Rosario will miss significant time following a laser procedure to correct blurred vision and swelling in his right eye.

The Braves put him on the 10-day injured list, but MLB.com reported he could miss eight to 12 weeks. On Monday, he visited a retinal specialist, who recommended the surgery.

Rosario, 30, was key to the Braves' run to the World Series title last season. He was named MVP of the National League Championship Series after hitting .560 (14-for-25) with three home runs and nine RBIs in six games.

So far this season, though, Rosario is hitting just .068 (3-for-44) in 15 games.

In a corresponding move, the Braves called up right-handed pitcher William Woods from Triple-A Gwinnett. Woods has yet to make his major league debut. The 23-year-old is 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA in 7 2/3 innings pitched this season.

Outfield help is expected soon for the Braves.

Ronald Acuna Jr., who is on a Triple-A rehab assignment as he recovers from a torn right anterior cruciate ligament suffered July 10, is on track to return to the Atlanta lineup on May 6.

--Field Level Media

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Twins acquire RHP Brayan Medina to complete Chris Paddack deal

April 21, 2022, 6:35 PM

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The Minnesota Twins completed their trade with the San Diego Padres from earlier this month, landing right-hander Brayan Medina on Thursday as the player to be named later.

The Medina acquisition finishes off the deal that also netted the Twins right-handers Chris Paddack and Emilio Pagan. The Padres received left-hander Taylor Rogers and outfielder Brent Rooker in the trade, as well as cash considerations.

Medina, 19, is a native of Columbia, who pitched in 12 games last year for the Padres in the Arizona rookie league, as well as the Dominican Summer League, going 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA in 33 2/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

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D-backs claim RHP Jacob Webb off waivers from Braves

April 19, 2022, 7:42 PM

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The Arizona Diamondbacks claimed right-hander Jacob Webb off waivers from the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old reliever compiled a 9-4 record with three saves and a 2.47 ERA in 78 bullpen appearances with the Braves from 2019-21.

The Diamondbacks optioned Webb to Triple-A Reno and also designated outfielder Stuart Fairchild for assignment in a corresponding transaction.

Fairchild, 26, made his MLB debut last season and batted .133 (2 for 15) with two RBIs in 12 games.

--Field Level Media

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Braves DFA LHP Sean Newcomb, option RHP Huascar Ynoa

April 19, 2022, 7:11 PM

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The Atlanta Braves designated left-hander Sean Newcomb for assignment Tuesday and optioned right-hander Huascar Ynoa to Triple-A Gwinnett, one day after the duo pitched in a 7-4 road loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Braves recalled right-hander Touki Toussaint and left-hander Dylan Lee from Triple-A in advance of Tuesday's game against the Dodgers.

The Braves also announced that outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (ACL surgery) was headed out on a minor league rehab assignment with Gwinnett on Tuesday.

Monday's game got away from the Braves in the fourth inning. Ynoa gave up an RBI groundout to Cody Bellinger and an RBI single to Edwin Rios as the Dodgers took a 3-0 lead. Newcomb came on to walk former teammate Freddie Freeman and gave up a three-run double to Trea Turner.

Ynoa owns a 13.50 ERA after his first two starts of the season, both losses. Newcomb, in his sixth season with Atlanta, had a 7.20 ERA after three outings.

In 31 appearances (24 starts) for the Braves over the past four seasons, Ynoa is 4-8 with a 5.22 ERA. Newcomb was 24-23 in 144 career appearances (57 starts) with a 4.25 ERA, all with the Braves going back to 2017.

--Field Level Media

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Report: Braves targeting May 6 for return of Ronald Acuna Jr.

April 17, 2022, 12:09 AM

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The Atlanta Braves are loosely targeting the return of star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. for May 6, Fox Sports reported on Saturday.

Acuna tore the ACL in his right knee on July 10 of last season and has been recuperating. The team is expected to send Acuna on a rehab stint as soon as Tuesday.

Acuna, 24, was enjoying a monster season with 24 homers and 52 RBIs in 82 games last season before the injury. Atlanta went on to win the World Series without him.

The two-time All-Star and 2018 National League Rookie of the Year has a .281 average with 105 homers, 246 RBIs and 78 steals in 395 games in four seasons with the Braves.

Atlanta opens an eight-game homestand against the Milwaukee Brewers on May 6. The Braves play three games against the Brewers, two versus the Boston Red Sox and three against the San Diego Padres.

--Field Level Media

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Padres call up top pitching prospect MacKenzie Gore

April 14, 2022, 10:59 PM

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Top pitching prospect MacKenzie Gore is set to make his major-league debut for the San Diego Padres on Friday against the World Series champion Atlanta Braves.

The 23-year-old left-hander was promoted from Triple-A El Paso on Thursday to take the roster spot of left-hander Blake Snell, who was placed on the 10-day injured list because of adductor tightness.

Gore was the Padres' first-round pick (No. 3 overall) in the 2017 MLB Draft out of Whiteville High School in Whiteville, N.C.

In parts of five minor-league seasons, Gore has gone 12-11 with a 2.79 ERA. He has 311 strikeouts in 238 1/3 innings.

Snell, 29, was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday because of muscle tightness. He made 27 starts for San Diego last season, posting a 7-6 record with a 4.20 ERA.

--Field Level Media

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Padres' Sean Manaea pitches seven no-hit innings vs. Diamondbacks

April 9, 2022, 4:01 AM

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San Diego Padres left-hander Sean Manaea pitched seven no-hit innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks in his team debut on Friday night as the club searched for a combined no-hitter.

Manaea, acquired from the Oakland Athletics last Sunday, struck out seven and walked one in an 88-pitch outing before manager Bob Melvin told him his night was done. The Padres led 3-0 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, when Tim Hill replaced Manaea.

Daulton Varsho was the only Arizona batter to reach base against Manaea, drawing a two-out walk in the second inning. Manaea retired the next 16 batters before exiting.

Manaea pitched a no-hitter for Oakland against the Boston Red Sox on April 21, 2018. San Diego has just one no-hitter in franchise history and it came last season when Joe Musgrove shut out the Texas Rangers on April 9, 2021.

Friday's dominant performance marked the second straight night that the San Diego starting pitcher handcuffed Arizona batters. Right-hander Yu Darvish fired six no-hit innings on Thursday night before exiting after 92 pitches.

--Field Level Media

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Ronald Acuna Jr. won’t miss Freddie Freeman, cites ‘clashes’

April 7, 2022, 6:39 PM

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Freddie Freeman wasn't adored by everyone in Atlanta, it turns out.

Freeman's former Braves teammate Ronald Acuna Jr. said there's "nothing" he will miss about the Braves' first baseman of 12 years, citing "lots of clashes."

Acuna made the comments during an Instagram Live Spanish-speaking interview late Wednesday with Dominican Republic-based sports reporter Yancen Pujols.

When asked by Pujols what he would miss about Freeman, Acuna responded, "Me? Nothing."

Acuna and Freeman were teammates for four seasons, since Acuna broke into the league as Rookie of the Year in 2018.

"We were close in that we shared the same stadium," Acuna told Pujols, "but we had a lot of, how do you say ..."

"Lots of clashes," Pujols interjected.

"Lots of clashes," Acuna said, nodding.

Acuna didn't take well to being told how to behave by Freeman and other veterans when he was a rookie.

"When you come up as a rookie, there's always someone who (wants to tell you how to do things)," Acuna said. "You come up from the minor leagues with the big eye black, the sunglasses, the hat low, and a lot of people see that as wrong. And the other person doesn't see it as wrong because it's part of the game. A lot of veterans (picked on me) when I was a rookie and they called me into the office themselves and told me, 'No, you can't use that' and they took it off me with a towel like that."

Acuna added he stayed quiet because he was a rookie.

"I can't say anything, you know? I just said, 'One day I'll be a veteran.' I'm not saying I'm a veteran right now, but nobody's gonna take the eye black off my face now, you know?" Acuna said.

Acuna continues to recover from a torn ACL he suffered last season. He's a two-time All-Star, including last season when he batted .283 with 24 home runs in just 82 games before the injury.

Freeman signed with the Los Angels Dodgers as a free agent on March 17. He's a five-time All-Star and National League MVP in 2020.

--Field Level Media