Padres notes: Padres sign Detwiler to help cover innings; Cronenworth takes BP; Musgrove honored
The Padres added a veteran pitcher Tuesday as they prepared to fill innings in the coming days.
Left-hander Ross Detwiler was signed and added to the roster and was said to be available out of the bullpen for Tuesday’s game against the Giants.
Detwiler, 35, had a 4.96 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 46 games (45 1/3 innings) for the Miami Marlins before being designated for assignment on Sept. 7 and subsequently released Saturday. He has a 4.58 career ERA while pitching for eight teams.
Detwiler served as the opener in five games for the Marlins. He did not allow a run in three of those. He allowed five runs (all in the third inning) and eight (four in the first and four in the second inning) in the other two games.
The Padres bullpen had to cover 7 2/3 innings Sunday and four more Monday. Jake Arrieta, who has not gone more than five innings since May 14, started Tuesday’s game. After Joe Musgrove starts Wednesday, there are likely two games in a row the Padres will be without a member of their starting rotation.
Chris Paddack, the Padres’ scheduled starter on Thursday, was placed on the injured list Monday with elbow inflammation. The discomfort he has felt has been more in his lower triceps and is not expected to keep him out long, but his absence leaves a full game for the Padres to cover.
Blake Snell, who departed his start Sunday with adductor tightness, could also miss his scheduled start Friday in St. Louis.
James Norwood and Reiss Knehr have also joined the Padres in San Francisco as part of the taxi squad. Both have appeared in relief for the Padres this season and have been throwing in one- and two-inning stints in Triple-A.
The Padres optioned Shaun Anderson to Triple-A to make room for Detwiler.
Jake Cronenworth took batting practice Tuesday and could play by the end of the week.
“We’re hopeful possibly for the Cardinals series,” manager Jayce Tingler said.
Cronenworth suffered a fracture near the tip of his left ring finger when he was hit by a pitch Friday in Los Angeles.
“The strength in that finger is still pretty limited, but he’s moving forward,” Tingler said.
Cronenworth throws with his right hand, so the location of the injury was fortunate. However, he bats left-handed and the ring finger of that hand helps provide power in his grip.
Musgrove honored, will honor Clemente
Musgrove will wear No.21 on his jersey today as MLB celebrates Roberto Clemente Day.
“That will be an honor,” Musgrove said.
Musgrove was among the players around the league given the option to wear Clemente’s number because he is the team’s nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, which is given to the player “who best represents the game … through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.”
The league-wide winner will be announced next month.
Musgrove, who is playing his first season in his hometown after being acquired in a trade from the Pittsburgh Pirates, was chosen as the Padres’ nominee in part for his philanthropic work, primarily with the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
“I think it's probably one of the highest honors I've gotten in my entire life,” Musgrove said.
Clemente, a Hall of Famer who played 18 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was killed in a plane crash in 1973 while delivering supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
“Especially coming from Pittsburgh where I just played three years in a city where Clemente is worshipped … I got to learn a lot about the culture and the history of who he was, who he was to his country (Puerto Rico) and to the city of Pittsburgh and his impact on the game,” Musgrove said “It left its mark. So getting to learn about that stuff and then coming back to my own city and getting to receive the award here after spending three years there and really learning who he is and what that award is all about, it's extremely special.”
This story originally appeared in San Diego Union-Tribune .