By Bill Center

Joe Musgrove

Padres manager Jayce Tingler opened his daily media ZOOM before the opener of the Cardinals series at Petco Park with more moves.

Left-handed reliever Drew Pomeranz was placed on the 10-day injured list with an impingement in his left shoulder. Nick Ramirez was returned to Triple-A El Paso after coming up as the extra player for Wednesday’s doubleheader in Colorado and infielder Ivan Castillo was promoted from El Paso.

“We've had games where we didn’t have any position players available at the end of the night,” Tingler said of the promotion of Castillo. “He’s a switch-hitter who can play short…


By Bill Center

Tucupita Marcano

The Padres need for help from Triple-A El Paso has caused trickle-down movement in the Padres system.

The Padres promoted infielder-outfielders Tucupita Marcano and Patrick Kivlehan and outfielders Brian O’Grady and John Andreoli from El Paso went Fernando Tatis Jr., Wil Myers, Eric Hosmer, Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo went on the injured list this week.

The promotions left the Chihuahuas with eight position players on their active roster, forcing the promotion of outfielder Robbie Podorsky, infielder Matthew Batten and infielder-outfielder Taylor Kohlwey from Double-A San Antonio. …


By Bill Center

LHP MacKenzie Gore (Photo: El Paso Chihuahuas Twitter)

Left-hander MacKenzie Gore made his second start for Triple-A El Paso Thursday night against Albuquerque before 6,365 at Southwest University in the Chihuahuas’ home opener.

Gore, the Padres’ №1 prospect and №6 on the MLB Pipeline’s list of the top 100 prospects in the minor leagues, gave up three runs on eight hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six innings to lower his earned run average to 5.40.

Right-hander Mason Thompson, the Padres’ 11th-ranked prospect, struck out one in a perfect inning to earn his first save for El Paso.

There was one other notable effort Thursday night…


By Bill Center

C Victor Caratini

There might be more to Yu Darvish’s desire to having Victor Caratini behind the plate for his starts beyond the catcher’s ability to work with the pitcher’s 11-pitch arsenal.

Caratini also has the knack to deliver big blows in games started by Caratini.

In Darvish’s eight starts this season, Caratini is 6-for-26 with the bat. That is only a .231 batting average.

But all three of Caratini’s home runs, including Wednesday’s game-winning grand slam in the first game of the doubleheader at Coors Field, have come in Darvish starts. So has a double and 11 of his season-total 17 RBIs.


By Bill Center

OF Robert Hassell III (photo: @Storm_Baseball Twitter account)

Robert Hassell III hit a three-run, walk-off, ninth-inning double Wednesday night to give low Single-A Lake Elsinore a 10–9 win over Inland Empire 10–9 at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore.

The 19-year-old Hassell, the Padres №4 prospect and ranked 53rd on the MLB Pipeline’s list of top 100 prospects in all of baseball, is off to a .290 start with a .488 on-base percentage and a .645 slugging percentage for a 1.133 OPS. The Padres’ first-round pick in the 2020 draft (eighth overall) has 12 walks in eight games (against nine strikeouts).

Left fielder Tirso Ornelas, the Padres №19…


Padres manager Jayce Tingler Tuesday discussed third baseman Manny Machado and right-handed pitcher Ryan Weathers.

It was almost as if he saw Machado’s five-RBI game at Coors Field coming.

“It’s important that Manny produces, there’s no doubt,” said Tingler during his daily media ZOOM. “We know it’s going to happen. You want it to happen sooner rather than later. Obviously, he’s an MVP-type player. When he gets it going, we have a chance to be really dynamic offensively.

“I know he’s going to get it going … the whole group is going to get it going. That game in San…


By Bill Center

Manny Machado

Manny Machado was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a bases-loaded triple Tuesday night in the Padres’ 8–1 victory at Coors Field.

It was the ninth game of Machado’s career of five or more RBIs and the first since June 29, 2019, against the Cardinals. His previous RBI high for the season was three, set three times.

Machado’s two-hit game represented his first multi-hit game since April 28. In 17 games leading up to Tuesday, Machado was 11-for-65 (.169) with a triple, a homer, five walks, nine RBIs and 5 runs scored for a .169/.229/.246/.475 slash line.

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By Bill Center

OF Robert Hassell III

Padres' top prospects CJ Abrams, Luis Campusano and Robert Hassell III continued their fast starts to the 2021 season Tuesday night.

Shortstop Abrams, the Padres’ №2 prospect and rated №8 on the MLB Pipeline’s baseball-wide rankings, was 2-for-4 for Double-A San Antonio to raise his batting average to .345. Catcher Campusano (Nos. 3/37 on the prospect rankings was 2-for-4 with two walks and a run scored for Triple-A El Paso. And Hassell (Nos. 4/53) was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, two walks, two stolen bases and a run scored for low Single-A Lake Elsinore.

Hassell is off to a .296 start…


By Bill Center

Padres manager Jayce Tingler started Tuesday’s media ZOOM from Coors Field in Colorado with news that Fernando Tatis Jr. had been placed on the injured list with COVID-19 and that outfielder-infielders Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo were also on the IL list.

The Padres recalled right-handed reliever Nabil Crismatt from the taxi squad and infielder Tucupita Marcano and outfielder John Andreoli from Triple-A El Paso.

“The good news right now is Fernando is feeling well with no symptoms,” said Tingler. “Mateo and Profar, due to Major League Baseball’s contract tracing program and protocols, went on the IL due to the…


By Bill Center

Three Triple-A El Paso hitters had excellent efforts Monday night in what turned out to be a losing effort for the Chihuahuas.

Designated hitter Patrick Kivlehan was 4-for-5 with a double and a two-run homer. Shortstop Ivan Castillo raised his batting average to .500, going 3-for-4 with a stolen base. And right fielder Ben Ruta was 2-for-3 with a walk and two stolen bases.

But the Chihuahuas went 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position and dropped a 3–2 decision in 10 innings in Tacoma.

Under the new guidelines for minor league baseball, all Single-A and Double-A teams have Monday off.

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