The Padres have reinstated outfielder Tommy Pham from the injured list and optioned right-hander Jorge Ona to their alternate site, the team announced. Pham will be the Padres’ designated hitter Friday.
Pham, who hasn’t played since Aug. 27, missed a few weeks with a broken hamate bone. He posted a .207/.316/.293 line in 95 plate appearances before then, which isn’t what the Padres envisioned when they acquired the 32-year-old in a high-profile trade with the Rays during the offseason. Infielder Jake Cronenworth was also part of the trade, though, and he’s in the running for NL Rookie of the Year honors, so it’s doubtful the Padres regret making the move.
When he joined the Padres, Pham had the reputation as a high-OBP hitter capable of 20-20 numbers during a normal season. San Diego has gone 32-19 without many contributions from Pham, so if he’s able to revisit his old Cardinals/Rays ways, he could serve as an important late-season reinforcement for the Padres in the coming weeks.