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MLB: Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres
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Ryan McMahon homers, drives in five as Rockies beat Padres

August 5, 2022, 12:18 AM

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Ryan McMahon homered and drove in five runs and Kyle Freeland held the Padres scoreless until the sixth inning Thursday afternoon as the visiting Colorado Rockies defeated San Diego 7-3 to avoid being swept in a five-game series.

McMahon smacked a three-run homer with two outs in the fifth inning and a two-run double with two outs in the third to lead Colorado.

However, the key play of the game might have been turned in by Rockies left fielder Sam Hilliard when the game was scoreless in the bottom of the second.

Josh Bell singled to open the inning and Brandon Drury followed with a drive headed toward the left field seats. But Hilliard raced to the wall, turned and made a leaping catch with his glove clearly above the wall to deny Drury a homer and the Padres a 2-0 lead.

The Rockies then struck for two runs in the third and four in the fifth and were never headed. Both rallies opened with back-to-back singles by Brian Serven and Charlie Blackmon and were capped with extra-base, RBI blows by McMahon.

In the third, Serven and Blackmon opened the inning with back-to-back singles off Padres starter Joe Musgrove. But Jose Iglesias lined out to short and C.J. Cron struck out before McMahon broke up the scoreless tie with a two-run double into the right field corner.

Serven and Blackmon again had back-to-back singles, this time with one out, in the Rockies' four-run fifth. Iglesias followed with an RBI double to make it 3-0. After Cron popped out, McMahon drove his ninth homer of the season into the right field seats to make it 6-0.

Musgrove (8-5) suffered his fifth straight loss and failed to complete five innings for the first time this season. He gave up six runs on eight hits and a walk with six strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

Freeland (7-7) gave up two runs on six hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings to earn the win.

The Padres scored twice in the sixth. Juan Soto opened the inning on a catchable triple that fell between center fielder Yonathan Daza and right fielder Blackmon. Bell singled home Soto and came around on singles by Wil Myers and Austin Nola.

Iglesias drove home the Rockies final run with his third hit in the ninth. Serven also finished with three hits. Machado drove in Nola after the catcher's third hit in the bottom of the ninth.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres
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Padres pursue five-game sweep of Rockies

August 4, 2022, 7:49 AM

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Earlier in the week, the San Diego Padres projected a crowd of around 32,000 for their Wednesday home game against the Colorado Rockies.

Then the Padres acquired Juan Soto, Josh Bell, Brandon Drury and Josh Hader in a trio of three pre-deadline trades.

Soto, Bell and Drury were greeted Wednesday night by 44,652 vocally enthusiastic fans. The support figures to be there again when San Diego looks to complete a five-game sweep of Colorado.

Soto, who was given a standing ovation before his first plate appearance, went 1-for-3 with two walks, and Bell finished 0-for-2 with two walks and two runs in San Diego's 9-1 win. The star of the night was Drury, who hit a grand slam on the first pitch he saw in a Padres uniform.

"The atmosphere was incredible tonight," Padres manager Bob Melvin said. "It was electric. We've seen it here before, but this was special. Everyone in the dugout felt it.

"Our fans were in it from before the first pitch ... and our fans are a huge part of this. Today, the environment was at a different level, and it's going to continue like this."

Right-hander Joe Musgrove (8-4, 2.65 ERA) will start for the Padres on Thursday against Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland (6-7, 4.63 ERA).

The Padres have never before swept a five-game series. In fact, this is only the second five-game series played in San Diego, after they went 3-2 against the Chicago Cubs from July 9-11, 1971.

"It's been a long week," said Rockies manager Bud Black, whose team has been outscored 29-9 through the first four games of the set. "We haven't played the way we had been playing the Padres."

The Rockies won eight of the season's first 11 meetings between the teams prior to the current series. Of course, this isn't the same Padres team that was dominated by Colorado earlier this year.

"I wish good luck to all pitchers," Soto said Wednesday afternoon at his introductory press conference. "It's a long lineup, me, Josh, Manny Machado and soon Fernando (Tatis Jr.)."

Padres general manager A.J. Preller said, "You need these players if you want to win a World Series."

But, first things first, the finale against the Rockies and a shot at a sixth straight victory overall against a Colorado team on a five-game losing streak.

Also on a losing streak is Musgrove, who earlier this week agreed to a five-year, $100 million contract extension with the Padres. He has lost four straight decisions since opening the season 8-0. The Padres are 12-6 in Musgrove's starts this year.

Musgrove has a 6.06 ERA in his past three outings, starting with giving up five runs on nine hits over five-plus innings against the Rockies in Denver on July 13. In his career against Colorado, he is 4-2 with a 2.13 ERA in seven starts, including a 1-0 mark with a 4.09 ERA in two starts this year.

Freeland is 2-0 with a 5.82 ERA in three starts against the Padres this season. In his one previous 2022 start in San Diego, he held the Padres to two runs on three hits over six innings during a win on June 11, but that was before Soto, Bell and Drury arrived.

Overall vs. San Diego, Freeland is 5-5 with a 4.30 ERA in 18 career games (16 starts).

--Field Level Media

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Juan Soto ready to make an impact with Padres

August 3, 2022, 11:53 PM

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Juan Soto's first full day as a member of the San Diego Padres is going well now that he has worked out a deal with right-hander Nick Martinez.

You see, Martinez owned No. 22, the number Soto wore with the Washington Nationals before Tuesday's blockbuster trade with the Padres.

Negotiations quickly hit choppy waters on Tuesday as Martinez sent Soto a picture of what he wanted for the number -- a boat.

"When he asked me for a boat I was really shocked and surprised," Soto said during his introductory press conference on Wednesday. "I thought it was kind of too much. I tried to explain to him I will get him a really nice watch."

Said Martinez: "He's gonna buy me something. We win the World Series, I'll probably forget all about it. And he's definitely a guy that can help us win the World Series."

Soto is hoping to make the Padres a team to watch after arriving with first baseman Josh Bell for a package that includes six players -- first baseman/designated hitter Luke Voit and five prospects.

The 23-year-old Soto is one of the stars of the sport and his presence quickly makes San Diego a prime World Series contender. The two-time All-Star has 119 homers and 358 RBIs in 565 games to go with a stellar .427 on-base percentage.

This season, he has 21 homers and 46 RBIs in 101 games. He is batting a career-low .246.

"Everyone knows what I've done," Soto said. "I'll give my 100 percent every day, whatever happens. I'm not telling you I'm gonna be Superman but I know every day I enter those two lines I´ll give my 100 percent and help this team."

Soto is batting second for Wednesday night's game against the Colorado Rockies and manager Bob Melvin has been busy writing down lineup combinations.

Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. is close to returning from a wrist injury and third baseman Manny Machado is enjoying a standout campaign for San Diego.

"We have a great relationship," Soto said of Tatis, a fellow Dominican Republic native. "We always talk to each other. ... For me, just an exciting moment to be with him and Manny."

"It's going to be really exciting. It's going to be really tough to go through," Soto said of the lineup. "I wish good luck to the other pitchers."

Soto spent 4 1/2 seasons with the Nationals and helped the team win the 2019 World Series. He allowed that it wasn't easy to move on even though it was clear he would be traded after turning down a 15-year, $440 million deal.

"It was really tough," Soto said. "I was really emotional in the morning with my mom. But at the end of the day, it's a business. You have to go through it, keep fighting, keep grinding and try to win another championship."

Soto is slated to become a free agent following the 2024 season.

Bell will be batting clean-up for the Padres in his debut. The 29-year-old is batting .301 with 14 home runs with 57 RBIs in 103 games.

Bell good-naturedly referred to himself as the throw-in in the deal, something Padres general manager A.J. Preller disputed.

"He just said it -- not bad for a throw-in," Preller said of Bell. "Not bad at all. He was not a throw-in in this deal. He's a huge part of the trade for us ... I think one thing that he wants to do (is) play in the postseason and win a World Series."

Washington also received left-hander MacKenzie Gore, shortstop C.J. Abrams and minor league outfielders Robert Hassell III and James Wood and minor league right-hander Jarlin Susana in the deal.

Gore and Abrams have been viewed as San Diego's top prospects over the past few years with Abrams rushed to the majors ahead of schedule this season due to Tatis' injury.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Cincinnati Reds
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Reports: Padres acquire INF Brandon Drury from Reds

August 2, 2022, 9:16 PM

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The San Diego Padres dealt for veteran infielder Brandon Drury from the Cincinnati Reds before Tuesday's MLB trade deadline, multiple reports said.

Shortstop prospect Victor Acosta is headed to Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Drury, 29, is in his eighth MLB season and first with the Reds. Drury is batting .274 in 92 games and has already set career highs in home runs (20), OPS (.855) and runs (62). He's also recorded 22 doubles, 59 RBIs and 29 walks.

The Padres added Drury to a trade-deadline haul that included Washington Nationals superstar outfielder Juan Soto, Nationals first baseman Josh Bell and Milwaukee Brewers closer Josh Hader.

The Padres entered Tuesday's action 12 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West but in possession of the second wild-card spot.

Acosta, 18, is the No. 6 prospect in the Padres' organization, according to MLB Pipeline. Acosta is batting .243 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 32 games in the rookie-level complex league.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Minnesota Twins at San Diego Padres
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Reports: Red Sox acquire 1B Eric Hosmer from Padres

August 2, 2022, 6:44 PM

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The Boston Red Sox are acquiring first baseman Eric Hosmer from the San Diego Padres, multiple outlets reported.

Earlier Tuesday, Hosmer reportedly turned down a trade to the Washington Nationals in the deal to bring star outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell to San Diego.

Hosmer, 32, is batting .272 with eight homers and 40 RBIs in 90 games this season.

The four-time Gold Glove winner is a career .277 hitter with 196 home runs and 875 RBIs in 1,644 games with the Kansas City Royals (2011-17) and Padres. He won a World Series in 2015 and made the All-Star team in 2016 with the Royals.

Hosmer is owed $39 million over the 2023 through 2025 seasons. It was not immediately clear how much of that salary the Padres will cover in the deal, although San Diego was reportedly set to pick up all $39 million of the remaining three years of the contract.

--Field Level Media

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals
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Reports: Padres to acquire Juan Soto from Nationals

August 2, 2022, 4:15 PM

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The San Diego Padres have agreed to acquire superstar outfielder Juan Soto from the Washington Nationals, multiple outlets reported on Tuesday.

The move comes one day after the Padres acquired All-Star closer Josh Hader from the Milwaukee Brewers for left-hander Taylor Rogers, right-hander Dinelson Lamet and two prospects - southpaw Robert Gasser and outfielder Esteury Ruiz.

Considered the prize of Tuesday's trade deadline, Soto is batting .246 with 21 home runs and 46 RBIs this season.

A two-time All-Star, Soto reportedly rejected a 15-year, $440 million extension offer from the Nationals last month.

The Nationals are set to receive left-hander MacKenzie Gore, outfielder Robert Hassell III, shortstop C.J. Abrams, outfielder James Wood, right-hander Jarlin Susana and one major league player in the deal. Reports indicate the major leaguer is first baseman Eric Hosmer, but the Nationals are on Hosmer's no-trade list and he would have approve of a move to Washington.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Milwaukee Brewers
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Rockies OF Kris Bryant (plantar fasciitis) heads to IL

August 2, 2022, 12:28 AM

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The Colorado Rockies placed left fielder Kris Bryant on the 10-day injured list Monday due to ongoing plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

It's the four-time All-Star's third stint on the IL this season after two previous stays due to back injuries.

Bryant missed the Rockies' game July 25 with soreness in the foot and visited a specialist the following day. He returned to the lineup that night and told reporters he was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis.

Then, in Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Bryant left after five innings due to left foot soreness.

Bryant is batting .306 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 42 games this season, his first in Colorado after signing a seven-year, $182 million deal in the offseason.

The 2016 National League MVP with the Chicago Cubs has hit 172 career homers in 926 games with the Cubs (2015-21), San Francisco Giants (2021) and Rockies.

In a corresponding roster move, Colorado recalled infielder Alan Trejo from Triple-A Albuquerque. The 26-year-old played in 11 games for the Rockies earlier this season, batting .231 with one home run and six RBIs.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Minnesota Twins at San Diego Padres
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Padres RHP Joe Musgrove signs 5-year, $100M extension

August 1, 2022, 6:54 PM

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The San Diego Padres made trade season about more than just player swaps, signing right-hander Joe Musgrove to a five-year, $100 million contract extension.

Musgrove, 29, was slated to become an unrestricted free agent following the season. The deal will put him under contract with his hometown Padres through the 2027 season.

Musgrove, who is earning $8.625 million this season, made the National League All-Star team this season for the first time. He is 8-4 with a 2.65 ERA in 18 starts in 2022.

In his second season with the Padres, Musgrove etched his name into franchise lore last season when he tossed the first no-hitter in team history. It came against the Texas Rangers on April 9, 2021.

Musgrove grew up in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon and stated numerous times during the past 1 1/2 seasons that he wished to remain with the team.

Musgrove was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates following the 2020 season and went 11-9 with a 3.18 ERA in 31 starts and one relief appearance for San Diego last season. He struck out a career-high 203 batters and tossed the first two shutouts of his career.

Overall, Musgrove is 48-51 with a 3.82 ERA in 158 appearances (132 starts) with the Houston Astros (2016-17), Pirates (2018-20) and Padres.

--Field Level Media

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers
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Reports: Padres acquire Brewers closer Josh Hader

August 1, 2022, 5:46 PM

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The San Diego Padres acquired All-Star closer Josh Hader from the Milwaukee Brewers, multiple outlets reported Monday.

The Brewers are receiving left-handed closer Taylor Rogers, right-hander Dinelson Lamet and two prospects - lefty Robert Gasser and outfielder Esteury Ruiz -- in exchange.

Hader made his fourth All-Star team this season and leads the majors with 29 saves. He is 1-4 with a 4.24 ERA in 37 appearances, with 59 strikeouts and 12 walks in 34 innings.

The 28-year-old left-hander is 17-17 with 125 saves and a 2.48 ERA in 269 relief appearances since making his MLB debut with Milwaukee in 2017.

Rogers, 31, ranks second behind Hader with 28 saves. He is 1-5 with a 4.35 ERA in 42 games with 48 strikeouts and nine walks in 41 1/3 innings.

An All-Star in 2021, Rogers spent his first six seasons with the Minnesota Twins. He owns a career record of 18-23 with 78 saves and a 3.29 ERA.

Lamet, 30, is 0-1 with a 9.49 ERA in 13 relief appearances this season. Since making his debut with the Padres in 2017, he is 15-19 with a 4.08 ERA in 82 games (56 starts), while struggling with elbow issues in 2021.

Gasser, 23, was a second-round pick by San Diego in 2021. He is 4-9 with a 4.18 ERA in 18 starts this year at Class-A Fort Wayne.

Ruiz, 23, made his Padres debut on July 12. He batted .222 with two RBIs in 14 games with San Diego. He hit .333 with 13 homers and 46 RBIs in 77 games across Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A El Paso.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies
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Rockies' Kris Bryant (foot soreness) exits vs. Dodgers

July 31, 2022, 10:02 PM

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Colorado Rockies left fielder Kris Bryant departed Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers after five innings due to left foot soreness.

Bryant missed Monday's game due to issues with the foot and visited a specialist the following day. He returned to play in Tuesday night's game and told reporters he is dealing with plantar fasciitis.

The 30-year-old Bryant was 0-for-2 with a walk and a run before exiting. He was replaced by Yonathan Daza.

Bryant is batting .306 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 42 games this season, his first in Colorado after signing a seven-year, $182 million deal in the offseason. The four-time All-Star has served two stints on the injured list this season due to back injuries.

The 2016 National League MVP with the Chicago Cubs has hit 172 career homers in 926 games with the Cubs (2015-21), San Francisco Giants (2021) and Rockies.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Game Two-Colorado Rockies at Washington Nationals
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Reports: Rockies sign RHP Daniel Bard to 2-year extension

July 30, 2022, 7:48 PM

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The Daniel Bard comeback story is the gift that keeps giving after the right-hander agreed to a two-year, $19 million contract extension with the Colorado Rockies, multiple outlets reported on Saturday.

The deal effectively takes the 37-year-old off the trade market after the closer was drawing a wide range of interest.

Control issues limited Bard to two appearances for the Boston Red Sox in 2013, and his career appeared finished from there after five seasons in the American League. But after seven years out of baseball, Bard returned with the Rockies in 2020.

While he had a 3.65 ERA in 23 outings in 2020, that ballooned to 5.21 in 67 appearances last year, although he did record 20 saves. He is back on top of his game this season at 3-3 with a 1.91 ERA and 21 saves, although the Rockies' last-place standing made him a possible trade candidate.

Over eight major league seasons with the Red Sox and Rockies, Bard is 24-32 over 338 appearances (10 starts) and has 52 saves with 402 strikeouts in 385 1/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Diego Padres at New York Mets
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Reports: Padres, All-Star Joe Musgrove agree to 5-year extension

July 30, 2022, 1:22 AM

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The San Diego Padres and right-hander Joe Musgrove agreed to a five-year extension worth $100 million on Friday, according to multiple reports.

Musgrove, 29, was slated to become an unrestricted free agent following the season. The deal will put him under contract with his hometown Padres through the 2027 season.

He is making $8.625 million this season.

Musgrove made the National League All-Star team for the first time this season. He is 8-3 with a 2.63 ERA in 17 starts this season.

Though he is only in his second season with the Padres, Musgrove etched his name into franchise lore last season when he tossed the first no-hitter in team history. It came against the Texas Rangers on April 9, 2021.

Musgrove grew up in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon and was a big-time Padres fan. He stated numerous times during the past 1 1/2 seasons that he wished to remain with the team long-term.

Musgrove is slated to start Saturday night's home game against the Minnesota Twins.

Musgrove was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates following the 2020 season and went 11-9 with a 3.18 ERA in 31 starts and one relief appearance for San Diego last year. He struck out a career-high 203 batters and tossed the first two shutouts of his career.

Overall, Musgrove is 48-50 with a 3.83 ERA in 157 appearances (131 starts) with the Houston Astros (2016-17), Pirates (2018-20) and Padres.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres
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Padres SS Fernando Tatis Jr. takes BP, moves closer to return

July 26, 2022, 10:35 PM

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San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. moved closer toward his 2022 debut, taking batting practice on the field for the first time this season in advance of Tuesday's game at Detroit.

Tatis, 23, has not played this year after surgery to repair a broken left wrist, an injury that occurred in a motorcycle crash this past offseason in his native Dominican Republic.

The dynamic hitter has finished in the top four of either Rookie of the Year voting or MVP voting in each of his first three major league seasons. He led the National League with 42 home runs last season while finishing third in the MVP vote.

In 273 career games, Tatis has 81 home runs and 195 RBIs to go along with a .292 batting average and a .965 OPS. He was an All-Star for the first time last season.

Without Tatis, the Padres still have managed to build a 54-44 record, good for second place in the NL West before the start of play Tuesday. But San Diego is 11 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers after the teams were tied for first place as recently as June 22.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at San Diego Padres
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Padres place LHP MacKenzie Gore on IL, recall RHP Dinelson Lamet

July 26, 2022, 9:49 PM

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The San Diego Padres placed left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore on the 15-day injured Tuesday list with inflammation in his left elbow and recalled right-hander Dinelson Lamet from Triple-A El Paso.

Gore, 23, made his major league debut on April 15 and has gone 4-4 with a 4.50 ERA in 16 appearances (13 starts). After getting rocked for eight runs on eight hits and a walk over 3 1/3 innings to the San Francisco Giants on July 10, Gore made his last two appearances in relief, giving up two runs in each.

Lamet, 30, had a breakthrough 2020 season, going 3-1 with a 2.09 ERA in 12 starts. Since experiencing forearm tightness early in 2021, Lamet is just 2-5 with a 5.46 ERA in 33 major league appearances (nine starts).

Lamet had a 10.13 ERA in 11 appearances with the Padres earlier this season, but had a 0.77 ERA in 11 relief appearances at El Paso and an overall 1.93 ERA over 17 appearances at two different minor league levels this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago Cubs at San Diego Padres
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Padres place Craig Stammen on IL, recall Dinelson Lamet

July 9, 2022, 9:43 PM

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The San Diego Padres placed reliever Craig Stammen on the 15-day injured list with inflammation in his pitching shoulder on Saturday and recalled fellow right-hander Dinelson Lamet from Triple-A El Paso.

The move involving Stammen is retroactive to July 6.

The 38-year-old Stammen is 1-1 with a 3.34 ERA in 27 appearances this season. He is in his sixth season with the Padres and 13th in the majors.

Stammen pitched for the Washington Nationals from 2009-15 and underwent forearm surgery during his final season with the club. He spent the 2016 season in the minors with Cleveland's organization before signing with the Padres following the season.

Overall, Stammen is 55-43 with a 3.61 ERA in 556 career appearances (42 starts).

Lamet was demoted by the Padres in mid-May after posting a high 9.72 ERA in 10 relief outings. He has a 2.16 ERA in 15 appearances between the Double-A and Triple-A levels.

Lamet, 29, was a major force for the Padres in 2020 when he finished fourth in National League Cy Young balloting. He was 3-1 with a 2.09 ERA in 12 starts and struck out 93 in just 69 innings.

But he was bothered by arm injuries in 2021 and hasn't displayed the same form. Overall, Lamet is 15-19 with a 4.01 ERA in 79 appearances (56 starts) in five big league campaigns.

--Field Level Media