The Padres announced they’ve reinstated ace Yu Darvish from the 10-day injured list to start this evening’s game against the Braves. Righty Miguel Díaz was optioned to Triple-A El Paso to open active roster space. Additionally, righty Jordan Humphreys has been passed through outright waivers and assigned to Double-A San Antonio. The move opens a spot on the Padres 40-man roster.
Darvish landed on the IL just before the All-Star Break with left hip inflammation. It was never expected to be a lengthy absence, and he’ll indeed make his return after a minimal stay. Last year’s NL Cy Young award runner-up is having another very strong season. He’s tossed 105 innings of 3.09 ERA/3.37 SIERA ball this year, earning his fifth career All-Star nod in the process.
Humphreys has yet to pitch in the majors, but he’s bounced between a few teams in recent years. A well-regarded prospect early in his career with the Mets’ organization, he missed much of the 2018-19 campaigns after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Acquired by the Giants last summer, Humphreys went to the Indians then back to San Francisco on waivers before landing with San Diego on another claim in early March.
The Friars have successfully gotten Humphreys through the wire, so he’ll remain in the organization without requiring a 40-man roster spot. He has pitched 10 2/3 innings with San Antonio already, managing just a 9.28 ERA with a below-average 13.2% strikeout rate.