In calling up prospect Rymer Liriano the Padres needed to create a spot on the roster and to do so they just designated for assignment veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur.
Francoeur was called up last month when the Padres were trading away various regulars. He was an outfielder/pitcher at Triple-A, but appeared only as a position player with the Padres while hitting .083 with seven strikeouts in 24 at-bats.
Dating back to 2012 he’s hit a combined .222 with a .269 on-base percentage and .346 slugging percentage in 239 games for three different MLB teams and the 30-year-old wasn’t particularly productive at Triple-A considering the Pacific Coast League’s hitter-friendly environment.
Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.
Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.
As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.