The title kind of said it all, but that was Jones’ quote after today’s game against the Mets: “I will be shocked if he doesn’t break camp with us.”
Everyone who has watched his two games against the Mets so far is raving. He’s hit the ball hard. He scored from second base on an infield grounder today. Spring training stats mean close to nothing, but if you believe in such things he’s got a single a double and three walks in six plate appearances.
For what it’s worth, Ed Price of AOL tweets that the last 20 year-old to get 400 plate appearances after playing in 50 or fewer games above A-ball: fellow by the name of Ken Griffey Jr. in 1989.
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres will place outfielder Franchy Cordero on the 10-day disabled list and activate outfielder Hunter Renfroe from the DL on Monday.
Cordero, 23, has been slumping, batting .140 with four extra-base hits in 47 plate appearances dating back to May 11. The Padres noticed that the forearm issue has been affecting his swing in recent games. Manager Andy Green said, “It was something where he could swing a certain way to manage it. But swinging that way was not him.”
Renfroe, 26, has been out since mid-April due to inflammation in his right elbow. He hit .200/.281/.440 in 57 PA prior to landing on the disabled list. Renfroe played in 10 rehab games with Triple-A El Paso.