The Padres today reinstated Chris Denorfia from the disabled list, returning the outfielder to the Big League roster for the first time since he was originally placed on the DL August 6 with a strained right hamstring. . He made two separate rehabilitation stints, hitting .261 (6-for-23) with two doubles, two RBI, one run scored and three walks in nine games played total between Triple-A Tucson and Single-A Lake Elsinore.
The addition of Denorfia follows a number of claims/call-ups that are par for the course once September hits each year. Over the last week, the Friars have added Jeremy Hermida (claimed off waivers), Jeff Fulchino (claimed off waivers), Brad Brach (selected from minors), Luis Martinez (recalled from minors), Drew Carpenter (claimed off waivers), Anthony Rizzo (recalled from minors), James Darnell (recalled from minors) and Denorfia. With all those moves, the Padres now have 32 players on their active roster.
The Padres are back in town, looking to turn the tables on their current losing streak. They’ll have a couple new faces in the clubhouse to help them get back on track as they claimed outfielder Jeremy Hermida and pitcher Jeff Fulchino this week.
Hermida, 27, has hit .111 (2-for-18) with one home run, three RBI and two runs scored in 10 games for Cincinnati this season. In 105 games from Triple-A Louisville he has hit .319 (126-for-395) with 28 doubles, one triple, 17 home runs, 55 RBI, 67 runs scored and 46 walks. The outfielder was named an International League midseason All-Star this year. Over parts of seven Major League seasons with the Florida Marlins (2005-09), Boston Red Sox (2010), Oakland Athletics (2010) and Reds (2011), he has hit .258 (502-for-1948) with 101 doubles, seven triples, 64 home runs, 242 RBI and 243 runs scored in 599 games played.
Fulchino, 31, is 1-4 with a 5.18 ERA (19 ER/33.0 IP) and 31 strikeouts against 18 walks in 36 relief appearances for Houston this season. Over parts of five Major League seasons with Florida (2006), Kansas City (2008) and Houston (2009-11), Fulchino is 9-10 with a 4.47 ERA (93 ER/176.2 IP), 76 walks and 160 strikeouts in 160 Major League games out of the bullpen. The Hollis, N.H., native, who attended the University of Connecticut, has made 17 relief appearances at Triple-A Oklahoma City this year, posting a 1-0 record with three saves, an 0.56 ERA (1 ER/16.0 IP), three walks and 15 strikeouts.