The Padres have announced a series of roster moves, including IL placements for outfielder Wil Myers and reliever Emilio Pagan. They also optioned David Bednar and Taylor Williams to their alternate site, and added new acquisitions Mike Clevinger, Greg Allen and Dan Altavilla to their 28-man roster.
The Padres didn’t provide a reason for placing Myers on the IL. Regardless, the 22-15 club can only hope he’ll return as quickly as possible. Myers performed poorly for the Padres over the previous three seasons, but he has rebounded this year to become an integral part of the franchise’s resurgence. The 29-year-old has slashed a marvelous .293/.365/.602 with nine home runs and 1.4 fWAR in 137 plate appearances, making him one of the NL’s best players in 2020. Myers has also played almost every one of the Padres’ games in right field. The only other players who have seen action there, Edward Olivares and Josh Naylor, departed during the team’s pre-deadline flurry of trades. The Padres are now left with Allen, Jurickson Profar, Jorge Mateo and Abraham Almonte as the healthy outfield options in their 60-man player pool alongside budding star center fielder Trent Grisham.
Pagan, meanwhile, is dealing with right biceps inflammation. There’s no word on how much time he’ll miss, but the issue continues what has been a rough season for a reliever who was a lights-out option for Rays last season. In his first season with the Padres, who swung a trade for him last winter, Pagan has managed a 5.40 ERA/5.81 FIP with 7.8 K/9 and 5.4 BB/9 in 15 innings. Owing in part to the Pagan acquisition, the team had designs on a dominant bullpen in 2020, but the unit has put up a disappointing 5.01 ERA thus far. The Padres did acquire Altavilla and Trevor Rosenthal before the deadline, though, and they reinstated Drew Pomeranz from the IL shortly before then. The hope is their relief corps will turn things around down the stretch, though they’ll have to do it without Pagan for the time being.