Padres general manager Kevin Towers, on Jake Peavy’s chances of returning from an ankle injury to pitch in the second half:
I think it’s 50-50 if Jake will pitch again this season. We’ll know
more when he comes out of the cast. I can’t speak for Jake, but I’d
much rather have him ready for 2010 than risking more serious injury by
coming back too early this year.
Peavy’s injury wiped away whatever chance the Padres had of finding a
palatable trade for him this season, but once he gets healthy the
rumors figure to start up again this winter. In the meantime Towers
indicated that he won’t look to deal Adrian Gonzalez or Heath Bell, but
could field offers for guys like Chad Gaudin, Cla Meredith, and Kevin
Correia before they become eligible for arbitration in 2010.
Towers was also asked what role Brian Giles would fill if he returns
from a knee injury and responded: “I don’t see Giles taking playing
time away from” young outfielders Chase Headley, Tony Gwynn Jr., Will
Venable, and Kyle Blanks. “The focus is with youth now,” Towers said.
“I’m kind of excited about our prospects.”
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners are among the teams that have contacted the Reds about outfielder Jay Bruce. The Mariners enter play Wednesday 51-48, six games out of first place in the AL West and 4.5 games out of the second AL Wild Card slot. Adding an impact bat like Bruce could help in their effort to reach the postseason.
Norichika Aoki and Seth Smith have handled the bulk of the playing time in left field. While Smith has hit well, Aoki has not. Bruce came into Wednesday’s game against the Giants batting .271/.324/.567 with 24 home runs and a league-best 78 RBI.
Bruce can become a free agent after the season if his controlling team declines his $13 million club option for the 2017 season by paying him a $1 million buyout. If he’s traded mid-season, his new team won’t be able to make him a qualifying offer, so the club option may be more enticing than it looks at first glance.
A third-inning two-run home run by Adam Rosales off of R.A. Dickey put the Padres up 2-0, but it also helped the Padres tie a National League record. The Padres have homered in 25 consecutive games, matching the 1998 Braves, the 1994 Tigers, and the 1941 Yankees. The major league record is 27, set by the 2002 Rangers.
The Padres hit three in total on Wednesday in an 8-4 victory against the Blue Jays. One of those dingers was an eighth-inning solo shot by rookie Alex Dickerson, who has now homered in four consecutive games himself. The one he hit on Monday is worth watching, as it got into the upper deck at the Rogers Centre.
As the Padres recently traded Melvin Upton, Jr. to the Jays, Dickerson is likely going to see regular playing time. That’s especially true if he keeps hitting like this.