Padres ink Brett Wallace to minor league contract

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As first reported by Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Padres have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with first baseman Brett Wallace. The deal comes with an invitation to the major league side of Padres spring training, where the former top prospect will try to earn himself an Opening Day roster spot.

Wallace was the 13th overall pick in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft and rose quickly up prospect rankings after a couple highly-productive seasons in the minor leagues. But he wasn’t able to stick at third base due to defensive issues and the 28-year-old has batted just .242/.313/.391 in 311 major league games.

Craig Counsell pulls Wade Miley after one batter

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Brewers manager Craig Counsell took “the opener” to new heights in Game 5 of the NLCS on Wednesday evening. Expecting Wade Miley to pitch a sizable portion of the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts stacked the lineup with right-handed hitters behind leadoff batter Cody Bellinger.

Wade Miley walked Bellinger to start the game. Counsell promptly walked to the mound and called for right-hander Brandon Woodruff, removing Miley from the game after just one batter and five pitches, as was the plan. Woodruff will face almost exclusively right-handers down the Dodgers’ lineup with the exceptions of Max Muncy and Clayton Kershaw.

Miley will now start Game 6. Or will he?