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 continue the Interleague slate with a three-game set in Boston that begins today. The series marks the return of Jed Hoyer to Boston along with Anthony Rizzo’s first appearance against the team that drafted him in the sixth round of the 2007 Draft. In addition, Adrian Gonzalez will face the Friars for the first time since moving to the American League following the 2010 season. Here are the projected pitching matchups for the series:
LHP Andrew Miller vs. LHP Wade LeBlanc
RHP Josh Beckett vs. RHP Mat Latos
RHP John Lackey vs. LHP Clayton Richard
With tonight’s game, the Pads are looking to snap a five-game losing streak and grab their first Interleague win of the season. Despite the struggles in the win column, the Padres bats have been showing some life on this trip. Chase Headley (.480, 12-for-25), Chris Denorfia (.320, 8-for-25) and Jason Bartlett (.292, 7-for-22) have all been swinging a solid bat and will look to continue that trend as they take on the Red Sox.
The Padres snapped a brief two-game skid with a 3-1 win last night, improving to 6-5 in their last 11 games. Over that stretch, the Padres pitching staff has posted a 2.52 ERA with starters working 7.0 or more innings on six occasions.
Dustin Moseley picked up the win yesterday after 7.0 innings of one-run ball. A victim of bad luck all year long, Moseley is now 2-6 despite lowering his ERA to 3.00. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is one of just 23 qualifying pitchers with an ERA of 3.00 or better but is the only one of those pitchers who does not boast a winning record.
On the offensive side, Chase Headley extended his career-high hitting streak to 13 games, Ryan Ludwick has now hit safely in 17 of his last 21 games and Chris Denorfia belted his fourth home run of the season.