The Padres placed infielder Brandon Drury on the seven-day concussion injured list, retroactive to September 3, prior to today’s matchup with the Diamondbacks. Catcher Jorge Alfaro has been activated from the 10-day IL to take the vacated active roster spot. Drury was hit in the head by a Dustin May curveball on Friday. He remained on the active roster over the weekend but hasn’t played since then, and he’s apparently still battling concussion-like symptoms. The 30-year-old is eligible to return as soon as Saturday, although his specific recovery timetable is unclear.
Acquired as part of San Diego’s massive trade deadline, Drury has struggled through his first month in Southern California. While he’s connected on five home runs as a Padre (including a grand slam in his first at-bat), he’s hitting only .220 with a .262 on-base percentage over 107 plate appearances since the trade. That’s a notable dip from the excellent .274/.335/.520 line he posted through the first four months of the year as a member of the Reds. Despite the drop in production, Drury has remained an everyday player for a Friars team battling for a Wild Card spot. The season’s final month is also important for him personally, as he’s slated to hit the open market at the end of the year.
Let’s check in on a couple other injury situations within the division:
- The Giants placed outfielder Austin Slater on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to yesterday, with a left hand sprain. Reliever Yunior Marte is up from Triple-A Sacramento to take the roster spot. Part of a matchup-heavy outfield in San Francisco, Slater has emerged as a highly productive role player when in the lineup for manager Gabe Kapler. He’s hitting .267/.378/.396 over 286 plate appearances this season, his third straight above-average campaign. The righty-hitting Slater carries a .257/.357/.424 line dating back to the start of 2020, including a massive .284/.389/.497 showing against left-handed pitching. Luis González has been in the lineup each of the past four days as Slater has nursed the injury that’ll now send him to the IL.
- Rockies reliever Lucas Gilbreath is being shut down for the season, reports Danielle Allentuck of the Colorado Springs Gazette (Twitter link). The left-hander is on the injured list with a flexor strain in his throwing elbow, and he’s headed for a platelet-rich plasma injection. Allentuck adds that Gilbreath’s offseason work will be delayed by the issue, but the expectation is that he’ll avoid surgery and should be ready for Spring Training. Gilbreath has been a trusted relief option for skipper Bud Black this year, getting into 47 games and working 43 innings. He posted a 4.19 ERA with above-average strikeout (26.2%) and ground-ball (46.7%) marks, but he battled some control inconsistency.
Padres: 2022 trade deadline champs but they might miss the playoffs again
Pro betting tip, always bet against the teams who make splashy signings in the offseason and trades. They never live up to expectations.
That’s what it seems like every year, but I would really like to know what the average record is for the team who either spends the most money in the off-season, or acquires the most players in the off-season is. Anymore, you can’t ‘buy’ a team. It’s all about drafting, signing internationally, and developing than it is free agents and trades.
Machine, are the “Elves” intrinsic elements of the deus-ex machina?? Operators as such??
Yes Trumbo, they’re the ones Terence McKenna talked about.
I’ll have to look deeper into it. Thank You for the bread crumb though.
Terence McKenna knew a thing or two!!
Or they might make the playoffs. I actually think too many changes during the season doesn’t tend to work out
C Yards Jeff
@VegasSDfan; agreed, a lot of changes around the deadline for sure. I liked the logic to it all but with that much change the GM took a big risk that it’ll mesh with existing team make up.
The jury, including play by Drury, is still out. All said; 80/20 they make the post season. I’m a Manny fan from his Os days. He’s a key component; of course. Stay healthy MM, stay healthy.
@ C Yards Jeff: 80/20 the Pads make post-season? Have you seen their SOS for remainder of season vs. SOS’s for Milwaukee and Philly? More like 20/80.
C Yards Jeff
@brew88; split the difference and go 50/50?
In hindsight and to your point, that is a nasty SOS. But, there direct competition for the final spot is in far worse shape then they … and don’t ask me to verify this just read the posts from recent stories of fans who follow the Brewers. So 50/50?
It seems like the Padres have an abnormally large drop off in production when the acquire players mid season. Look at Frazier last year, Moreland in 2020, Drury and Bell now.
Either they’re buying players at peak value who then see their production drop, or there is something about coming to SD that makes their production drop (or some combination of the two).
Soto has also seen a marked drop in production since trade (SLG% jjust .394 with Pads). Then there’s Hader…..
Hader was already showing signs of wear before leaving the Brewers.
They didn’t acquire Hader at peak value, but his value has still plummeted since the trade.
Padres might have been better trading for Meneses.
Can anyone identify why the Padres are so bad offensively? I know their analytics department is retrograde. The players look totally confused at the plate…
Hitting coach and management approach is off
San Diego is always the hardest partying team in the league. They’re out all the time drinking and banging college girls. I had a friend who played 10 years and a portion of his wild stories involved the city or the players.
Just the comment in and of itself made me crack up hahaha I believe you 110%!
Hell, PadSquad ho-ho Lindsey Hill did both Fernando Ringworm Jr. AND Mike Clevenger before she got sacked and found Trevor Bauer to extort…
Think she called them both “whack-a-doodles” as well. What a naughty/troublesome little minx she was. Their own fault for going after the LOW HANGING FRUIT!
These comments are killing me rn
Elaborate registered nurse please..You signed your comment “rn.” You are obviously a nurse. Wtf are you talking about though??? I could give a flying eff less if my comments are offending your delicate senses. Weirdo Bauer and SD fan. Gtf out of here.
Not offended — laughing, doofus
Ditto. And pressing the MUTE button as we speak! Adios sucker!
Think rn = right now
Dude you’re the one Trumbo who looks like a sucker not knowing that rn in modern vernacular is right now. He was cracking up at the jokes y’all were making
The analytics department isn’t that bad, they are just ignored.
Hunting for sliders and being struck out on fastballs. Analytics.
Disgusted by all of them.
Since they’ve been divorced for 5 years and he says he used to put Icy Hot on his balls before he pitched. Mind you this is a story I heard from a different and dim baseball player.
Helluva article thanks for sharing