Description: Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin has been suspended for 25 games for amphetamines, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Insight: Maybin has tested positive for amphetamines twice. A first positive test results in additional follow-up testing but no suspension. "I have been undergoing treatment for several years for a medical condition, attention deficit disorder (ADD), for which I previously had a therapeutic use exemption (TUE),'' Maybin said in a prepared statement on Wednesday. "Unfortunately, in my attempts to switch back to a medicine that had been previously OK'd, I neglected to follow all the rules and as a result I tested positive.
Description: Third baseman Yangervis Solarte has been traded to the San Diego Padres.
Insight: Solarte went 40-for-119 (.336) with 10 doubles, four homers, 23 RBI, 17 runs and a 16/17 K/BB in his first 34 games this season, but he went 23-for-123 (.187) with two homers and seven RBI since then. In pitcher-friendly Petco Park, Solarte will have no fantasy value.
Description: Padres right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and ended up allowing one run on two hits in 7 2/3 Sunday against the Mets.
Insight: San Diego is still the only franchise in Major League Baseball without a no-hitter in its history. Despaigne, meanwhile, has defied logic by posting a 1.31 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP in his first 34 1/3 innings after recording a 7.61 ERA in 23 2/3 innings for Triple-A El Paso this year. The league should catch up to the 27-year-old Cuban soon.
Description: Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko (plantar fasciitis) has begun his rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso, according to Jeff Sanders of the Union-Tribune.
Insight: Plantar fasciitis has kept Gyorko out since June 4. The 25-year-old will return to a .162 average, five homers, 24 RBI and a .483 OPS after hittting .249 with 23 homers in 486 at-bats as a rookie.
Description: Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner (shoulder) hopes to resume his throwing program on Saturday, according to Jeff Sanders of the Union-Tribune.
Insight: Cashner (2-6, 2.36 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) was placed on the disabled list with shoulder soreness in June. He's been on the disabled list twice this season due to arm injuries and the Padres are not going to rush his return.
Description: According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the Padres are close to finalizing a trade that will send closer Huston Street to the Angels.
Insight: Street has recorded a 1.09 ERA, a 0.76 WHIP and 24 saves in 25 chances this season. Joe Smith has thrown 10 innings in a row without giving up a hit and 11 1/3 without allowing a run, but he's likely to move back to a set-up role.
Description: Padres starter Tyson Ross struck out nine and allowed one run on six hits over seven innings Sunday at Los Angeles, but he still took his 10th loss of the season.
Insight: Only Clayton Kershaw has a lower contact rate than Ross this season. He's posted a 2.85 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and 117 Ks in 122 2/3 innings and is one of two Padres All-Stars along with Huston Street.
Description: Padres 24-year-old right-hander Jesse Hahn was sent to Triple-A El Paso.
Insight: Hahn's fantasy owners shouldn't panic. The team will bring up a player for the final two games before the break, but Hahn should return as he's been the Padres' best pitcher (5-2, 2.21 ERA, 1.057 WHIP)
Description: Chris Denorfia is one of the few hitters who has been successful against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Denorfia (.257, 1 HR, 15 RBI) doesn't get many plays by fantasy owners, but he's a career .310 hitter (9-for-29) with three home runs against Kershaw. Denorfia has hit just 36 home runs in nine seasons.
Description: Padres starter Eric Stults held the Giants scoreless over seven innings Friday, but he still has a 4.96 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP this season.
Insight: Stults lost his previous eight decisions before picking up his third win of the year Friday. The left-hander had a solid 3.93 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 203 2/3 innings last season, but he's been crushed in 2014.
Description: Padres starter Tyson Ross threw a three-hit shutout Wednesday against the Reds.
Insight: Ross (7-8, 2.93 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) struck out nine and didn't walk anyone. The right-hander has the lowest contact rate in baseball this season and hasn't given up many hard-hit balls even when batters have made contact.
Description: Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko (plantar fasciitis) had the boot on his left foot removed on Tuesday, according to Corey Brock of mlb.com.
Insight: Gyorko will now be able to start a strength and stretching program, but he's still out indefinitely. The 25-year-old will return to a .162 average, five homers, 24 RBI and a .483 OPS after hittting .249 with 23 homers in 486 at-bats as a rookie.
Description: San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a left hamstring strain, according to Jeff Sanders of the Union-Tribune.
Insight: Even if the injury doesn't land Cabrera on the disabled list, it may stop him from stealing bases for a while. Of course, he has just 13 steals this season anyway because he's been caught seven times and his on-base percentage is .256. Fantasy owners should start looking for other options at shortstop.
Description: Padres right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne has gone 2-0 in his first two career starts. He threw 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: The Cuban defector has allowed one run on nine hits over 13 2/3 innings, but he has a 3/4 K/BB. The right-hander also had a 7.61 ERA over 23 2/3 innings in the PCL prior to his call-up, so he's unlikely to keep this up.
Description: Padres third baseman Chase Headley should be "in play" at or before the trade deadline this season as he's set to be a free agent at the end of the year.
Insight: Apparently the Toronto Blue Jays (among others) will have people watching him this weekend, according to a San Diego Times-Union report. Headly has not produced well this season, but other teams (and fantasy owners) remember his 2012 season (.286, 31 HR, 115 RBI, 17 SB) and dream.
Description: Padres third baseman Chase Headley has hit four home runs in 47 at-bats against Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum.
Insight: Headley has been abysmal all season (.201/.286/.332) but has seen Lincecum well throughout his career. Four of his six home runs this season have come on the road and he's hitting righties slightly better than lefties, so if you're feeling lucky give him a go.
Description: San Diego outfielder Seth Smith has enjoyed success against Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum to the tune of a .297 lifetime average (11-for-37) and three home runs.
Insight: Smith has scalded right-handers this season (.306/.403/.544) and has all eight of his homers against them compared to a measly .190/.393/.333 slash line against lefties. While he's been much better at home than on the road, he's still a solid bet to produce tonight.
Description: Padres third baseman Chase Headley has enjoyed facing Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum throughout his career (13-for-47, 4 HR, 4 2B, 9 RBI).
Insight: Headley's season has been abysmal (.201/.286/.332) and he's performed even worse on the road than he has at Petco this year, which is hard to believe. Four of his six homers have come against right-handers, however, and he's seen Lincecum well in the past, so if you're feeling lucky give him a go.
Description: Padres right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne held the Giants to four hits and didn't walk anyone over seven shutout innings in his MLB debut Monday night.
Insight: The Cuban defector went right after San Francisco's hitters and only threw 86 pitches, but he also struck out just one batter. The right-hander had a 7.61 ERA over 23 2/3 innings in the PCL prior to his call-up, but San Diego had no choice but to bring him up after Andrew Cashner joined Josh Johnson and Robbie Erlin on the disabled list Monday.
Description: Padres reliever Alex Torres became the first player to wear a padded cap Saturday against the Dodgers. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: The caps were created to give pitchers more protection following recent head injuries to Brandon McCarthy, Alex Cobb and Aroldis Chapman. However, they haven't been popular among players because of how they look. Torres (1-0, 2.10 ERA) decided to wear one after he had a close call during spring training.
Description: Padres third baseman Chase Headley has been bothered by a herniated disk in his back for several weeks, according to Ken Rosenthal of foxsports.com.
Insight: Headley received an epidural Friday night after being scratched from the lineup. He has batted .236 with 19 home runs, 73 RBI and a .711 OPS in his last 715 at-bats after hitting .286 with 31 homers, 115 RBI and an .875 OPS in 2012.
Description: Padres 24-year-old right-hander Jesse Hahn has allowed no earned runs on six hits over 13 innings while striking out 14 batters his last two starts.
Insight: Hahn is one of San Diego's lower-level prospects. He skipped over Triple-A after posting a 2.11 ERA with Double-A San Antonio this season. NL-only owners in deep leagues can give him a chance.
Description: San Diego right-hander Tyson Ross delievered seven shutout innings Wednesday against Philadelphia.
Insight: He allowed just four hits and one walk over that span. Most of the world doesn't know it because he plays for the Padres but Ross (6-5, 2.97 ERA) is actually having a terrific season. We'll see how he fares in his next outing Monday against the Mariners.
Description: Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner has been scratched from his Thursday afternoon start against Philadelphia. Source: David Murphy, Daily News.
Insight: Cashner was out since May 17 due to elbow irritation, then returned and made one impressive start Saturday against the Nationals, but now appears to be hurt again. Eric Stults is expected to start in Cashner's place.
Description: Padres third baseman Chase Headley is a .240 lifetime hitter against Phillies starter Cole Hamels.
Insight: Headley has gone 6-for-25 with two doubles and six Ks against Hamels, who will start Wednesday against the Padres at Citizens Bank Park. Headley has had his second straight disappointing season and is doing even worse on the road than at Petco Park this season.
Description: San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera hit just .216 in May and hasn't started off well in June.
Insight: Cabrera went 0-for-5 Saturday and is 2-for-23 so far this month. He's hitting .236 with a .596 OPS and has been caught stealing on six of his 18 attempts. If the Padres had any other options, Cabrera and his .268 OBP would have been bumped from the leadoff spot already.
Description: San Diego has placed second baseman Jedd Gyorko on the 15-day DL with plantar fasciitis.
Insight: The move was made retroactive to June 4th, so he'll be eligible to return on the 19th. Fantasy owners won't miss his .162 batting average but they may miss Gyorko's RBI production (24 RBI in 56 games this season).
Description: Padres starter Ian Kennedy won his third straight start and fifth game of the year Wednesday against the Pirates. The 29-year-old struck out seven and allowed two runs on five hits over six innings.
Insight: Kennedy has quietly had a bounce-back season in San Diego, going 5-6 with a 3.39 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and an impressive 88/20 K/BB in 79 2/3 innings. His resurgence hasn't just been fueled by Petco Park, either. In fact, he's been much better on the road (3-1, 2.61 ERA) than at home (2-5, 3.70 ERA).
Description: Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko won't start Wednesday's game against Pittsburgh. SOURCE: Padres on Twitter
Insight: It's kind of shocking that Gyorko has only sat out three times this season considering he's only hitting .162 and his on base percentage is barely over .200. Jace Peterson (.174, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will get the start at second base.
Description: Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin is qustionable for Tuesday night's game against Pittsburgh. Source: Corey Brock, MLB.com.
Insight: Maybin left Saturday's game with tighness in his right claf and then sat out Sunday as well. The lanky center fielder is hitting .311 this year in 90 at-bats, but has only one home run, one RBI and 11 runs scored.
Description: Padres right fielder Will Venable went 4-for-4 in Saturday's win over the White Sox.
Insight: Venable had two singles, a pair of doubles and a stolen base. Even after Saturday's four-hit effort, Venable is still batting only .213 for the year. Venable isn't someone fantasy owners need to be keeping a close eye on.
Description: Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin left Saturday's game in the second inning with a right calf injury.
Insight: Maybin has never become the asset expected of him when he was drafted in the first round (No. 10 overall) by the Tigers. He's never hit above .264 in a full season, cracked double-digit homers and stole more than 30 bases just once. His claim to fame is he was part of the trade that brought Miguel Cabrera to Detroit.
Description: According to Corey Brock of mlb.com, Padres starter Andrew Cashner (elbow) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Tuesday and said he had "no pain, no issues."
Insight: The right-hander threw only fastballs and changeups on Tuesday. He'll throw another bullpen session later this week. Cashner has been on the disabled list since May 17 due to elbow soreness, but an MRI revealed no structural damage.
Description: San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera is a career .471 hitter (8-for-17) with a 1.235 OPS and a couple of steals against Arizona left-hander Wade Miley.
Insight: Cabrera's primary value to fantasy owners is in the stolen base category. He led the league with 44 in 2012 and posted 37 last season in just 95 games. Any hitting he does is a bonus and Tuesday could be one of those days.
Description: San Diego right fielder Will Venable should be riding the pine Sunday versus Cubs starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: He's logged just one hit in 15 at bats against the right-hander. Venable (.194, 1 HR, 8 RBI) has been a fantasy non-factor this season so we doubt you even had him in your lineup to begin with.
Description: The Padres have placed Andrew Cashner on the 15-day disabled list due to right elbow soreness, according to mlb.com.
Insight: He'll presumably have an MRI. With the rash of Tommy John surgeries this season, we can't help but think the worst when we hear a pitcher has elbow soreness. Cashner ranks eighth in the National League with a 2.35 ERA.
Description: San Diego right-hander Tyson Ross won the second game of Thursday's day-night doubleheader with a brilliant outing against the Reds.
Insight: Despite walking five batters, Ross allowed just three hits and one run over seven innings. Ross' strikeout total (eight) was one off his season-high. He's 3-0 with a 2.39 ERA in his last four starts.
Description: Padres right fielder Will Venable is a career .556 hitter (5-for-9) against Reds starter Johnny Cueto with two homers.
Insight: Venable hit .312 with 12 homers and 13 steals over his final 74 games last year to finish with 22 homers and 22 stolen bases, but he's failed to carry that over into the 2014 season, batting .188 with one home run and no stolen bases.
Description: San Diego third baseman Chase Headley hit a tiebreaking solo homer off Reds closer Aroldis Chapman in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday night.
Insight: Headley has homered in two of three games since he came off the DL from his calf strain. He's still hitting just .200 with a .668 OPS this season, but at least he's moving in the right direction.
Description: Padres starter Andrew Cashner gave up three hits and a run in the first inning Tuesday at Cincinnati, but he allowed four hits and zero runs the rest of the way in a seven-inning performance.
Insight: Cashner struck out six and walked one while lowering his ERA to 2.67. The right-hander has a 47/17 K/BB, a 1.22 WHIP and a 0.31 HR/9 in 57 1/3 innings.
Description: San Diego third baseman Chase Headley (calf strain) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Headley suffered a right calf strain in late April but only had to spend the minimum amount of time on the DL. He missed a month with the same injury in spring training. The third baseman is having another poor year, hitting .186 with two home runs, seven RBI and a .564 OPS.
Description: Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin will return to the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: He sat out Tuesday due to a gastrointestinal issue. Maybin has gone 9-for-25 (.360) with five doubles in eight games since he returned from a ruptured biceps tendon. He missed the first 25 games of the season.
Description: Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin could begin a rehab assignment this weekend, according to Dennis Lin of the Union-Tribune.
Insight: Quentin has a bruised left knee, which isn't the one he has had surgery on three times, and missed the entire season to this point. The left fielder has played fewer than 90 games in each of the last two seasons but provides good power when he's in the lineup.
Description: San Diego second baseman Jedd Gyorko has been activated from the paternity leave list.
Insight: Gyorko missed two games after his wife gave birth to twins. He has struggled this season, batting .144 with one homer, nine RBI and 30 Ks in 101 plate appearances. We saw his power potential last season when he hit 23 homers in 486 at-bats.
Description: San Diego second baseman Jedd Gyorko will not be in Monday's lineup and could miss the entire series with San Francisco to be with his wife and the birth of twins, according to a U-T San Diego report.
Insight: Gyorko has struggled this season, batting .144 with one homer and nine RBI. He exploded onto the scene last season with 23 HR and 63 RBI.
Description: San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera is still searching for his first hit against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Cabrera is 0-for-16 with six strikeouts in his matchups with Bumgarner and should be avoided on Monday. He's been dealing with a sore knee which has limited him to just three stolen bases this season and if he's not running his value to fantasy owners is minimal.
Description: Padres starter Ian Kennedy is 2-3 with a 3.16 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP in 37 innings this season.
Insight: Walks and homers were the two biggest issues Kennedy dealt with last year, but he has walked just eight batters and allowed two home runs so far while fanning 37 hitters. Surprisingly, he has been much better on the road than at Petco Park.
Description: Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin has been activated from the 15-day DL.
Insight: He'll bat seventh today against Washington. Maybin missed the team's first 25 games with a ruptured biceps tendon. Kevin Quackenbush (0-0, 10.80 ERA) was sent down to Triple-A El Paso in the corresponding roster move.
Description: The Padres have called up Jace Peterson from Double-A to help fill the void at third base with Chase Headley (strained calf) on the DL.
Insight: Peterson hit .303 with seven homers and 42 steals last year in Class-A Advanced and was off to a .311 start with one homer and four steals in 18 games with Double-A San Antonio this year prior to the callup.
Description: San Diego third baseman Chase Headley (calf strain) was placed on the 15-day disabled list after leaving Thursday's game.
Insight: Headley has a right calf strain, the same injury that kept him out for a month during spring training. The third baseman is having another poor year, hitting .186 with two home runs, seven RBI and a .564 OPS.
Description: Padres right fielder Will Venable is a career .077 hitter (1-for-13) against Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: He's batting .211 with zero home runs, two RBI and zero steals through the first 22 games. Venable hit .312 with 12 homers and 13 steals over his final 74 games last year to finish with 22 homers and 22 stolen bases, but he's failed to carry that over into the 2014 season. The home run drought isn't likely to end on Thursday.
Description: Padres starter Josh Johnson will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday, according to Corey Brock of mlb.com.
Insight: It's the second time Johnson has had to undergo the surgery. He had a pitiful 6.20 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP while going 2-8 in 81 1/3 innings for the Blue Jays last season and may never throw an inning for San Diego because he's on a one-year deal.
Description: Padres right fielder Will Venable is a career .467 hitter (7-for-15) versus Milwaukee right-hander Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: He's batting .224 with zero home runs and zero steals through the first 20 games. Venable hit .312 with 12 homers and 13 steals over his final 74 games last year to finish with 22 homers and 22 stolen bases, but he's failed to carry that over into the 2014 season.
Description: Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has struck out Padres right fielder Will Venable 18 times in 48 at-bats. Venable has gone 11-for-48 (.229) against Lincecum.
Insight: Venable hit .312 with 12 homers and 13 steals over his final 74 games last year to finish with 22 homers and 22 stolen bases, but he's failed to carry that over into this season. He's batting .233 with zero home runs and zero steals so far and will get Lincecum on Sunday.
Description: Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup due to a sore knee and he has a poor matchup Wednesday.
Insight: If Cabrera plays, he'll face Jorge De La Rosa of the Rockies. He's gone 3-for-18 with seven strikeouts against the left-hander. The 27-year-old is batting .340 with six doubles this season, but he has struck out 17 times in 53 at-bats.
Description: Padres third baseman Chase Headley is 8-for-36 (.222) with zero extra-base hits and 11 strikeouts against Jorge De La Rosa of Colorado.
Insight: Another cold start (.160, 1 HR, 11 Ks) has us skeptical we'll ever see the 2012 version of Headley (.286, 31 HR, 115 RBI) again. Remove that season and Headley has just 50 career homers in 683 games.
Description: San Diego starter Josh Johnson will have his forearm and elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews next week, according to Jeff Sanders of the Union-Tribune.
Insight: Johnson was placed on the DL in late March with a forearm strain. He had a pitiful 6.20 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP while going 2-8 in 81 1/3 innings for the Blue Jays last season. Padres GM Josh Byrnes said he's "not sure" if Johnson will pitch this year.
Description: San Diego righthander Tyson Ross limited the Tigers to one run in seven innings Sunday to get his first win of the season.
Insight: Ross struck out seven batters and walked one after issuing nine free passes his first two starts. The right-hander had a 2.93 ERA and an 85/23 K/BB in his last 80 innings last year. He has a 3.12 ERA but his WHIP is 1.50 due to all the walks in his first two outings.
Description: San Diego second baseman Jedd Gyorko belted his first home run of the 2014 season Sunday against the Tigers.
Insight: He took 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer deep in the second inning. The 25-year-old had 23 homers in 486 at-bats last season but is batting .163 with 16 strikeouts in his first 43 at-bats this year.
Description: Padres minor league prospect Jace Peterson is off to a hot start, batting .345 with a .958 OPS and a couple of steals in his first seven games at Double-A San Antonio.
Insight: Peterson batted over .300 last season and has averaged 44 steals over the past three minor league seasons. He's very similar in game to Evereth Cabrera which may be a problem since that's who he would be replacing.
Description: San Diego catcher Yasmani Grandal had four hits in five at-bats Tuesday.
Insight: Grandal is 7-for-14 with a double, an RBI and five walks so far. The catcher got off to a great start as a rookie in 2012 but was suspended 50 games for testosterone use and then tore his ACL and MCL last season.
Description: San Diego right fielder Seth Smith hit a home run for the second straight game Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Smith had a game-tying pinch-hit shot off Brian Wilson in the eighth inning Sunday night, and he went deep off Zack Greinke Tuesday. The 31-year-old had 14-17 HRs in every season from 2009-12 but hit just eight in 117 games with Oakland last year.
Description: Padres outfielder Will Venable should not be started against Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke.
Insight: Venable is just 1-for-13 (.077) and has trouble even putting the bat on the ball (seven strikeouts). The Padres outfielder had a breakout season in 2013 joining the 20-20 club for the first time in his career (.268, 64 runs, 11 HR, 53 RBI, 22 SB, .796 OPS).
Description: According to the Union-Tribune, Padres manager Bud Black said Carlos Quentin's DL stint will last beyond 15 days.
Insight: Quentin has a bruised left knee, which isn't the one he has had surgery on three times. The left fielder has played fewer than 90 games in each of the last two seasons. Tommy Medica will take Quentin's spot in the starting lineup.
Description: Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin (knee) could begin the season on the disabled list, according to Dennis Lin of the Union-Tribune.
Insight: Quentin has had three surgeries on his right knee in the past year and a half, but it's his left knee that has been bothering him this spring. He has played fewer than 90 games in each of the last two seasons.
Description: The Padres have signed outfielder Jeff Francoeur to a minor league deal. SOURCE: Corey Brock, MLB.com
Insight: He was among Cleveland's final roster cuts this past weekend. Francoeur had a couple 100-RBI seasons in the mid 2000s but hasn't done much since then. Even in deeper leagues, you won't hear his name called on draft day.
Description: San Diego starter Josh Johnson will miss 4-5 weeks with a flexor strain in his right forearm, according to Corey Brock.
Insight: Terrible news for Johnson, who had a pitiful 6.20 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP while going 2-8 in 81 1/3 innings for the Blue Jays last season. San Diego also learned Saturday that Joe Wieland (elbow) will be out until the All-Star break, and Cory Luebke had to undergo a second Tommy John surgery this offseason. Robbie Erlin will probably take Johnson's spot in the rotation.
Description: Padres pitcher Joe Wieland will have a procedure to fix irritation in his elbow joint and will be out until the All-Star break, according to Corey Brock of mlb.com.
Insight: An MRI last week ruled out a second Tommy John surgery for Wieland. The right-hander had a 3.29 ERA and a terrific 408/80 K/BB in 438 minor league innings but threw just 27 2/3 innings in the majors before needing his first Tommy John operation in July 2012.
Description: As expected, Padres third baseman Chase Headley will make his spring training debut Thursday against San Francisco. SOURCE: Corey Brock, MLB.com
Insight: He's going to play in a minor league game on Wednesday. Headley strained his calf almost a month ago but is now back to 100 percent. We're not sure what to expect from Headley after his disappointing 2013 season (.250, 13 HR, 50 RBI). He shows up at No. 8 in our TSN third baseman rankings.
Description: The MRI on Padres right-handed pitcher Joe Wieland's elbow revealed no damage to his UCL, according to Jeff Sanders of the Union-Tribune. He'll be reevaluated in 7-10 days.
Insight: Unlike teammate Cory Luebke, Wieland won't need a second Tommy John surgery. Wieland had a 3.29 ERA and a terrific 408/80 K/BB in 438 minor league innings but threw just 27 2/3 innings in the majors before needing his first Tommy John surgery in July 2012.
Description: San Diego third baseman Chase Headley (calf strain) is targeting Thursday for his Cactus League debut.
Insight: The switch-hitting Headley suffered a calf strain on Feb. 22. Headley hit just .250 with 13 homers, 50 RBI and a .747 OPS in 141 games, down from .286, 31 homers, 115 RBI and an .874 OPS in 2012. This injury isn't helping him regain his 2012 form, so beware of a slow start.
Description: Padres closer Huston Street (groin) will pitch in a game for the first time this spring on Saturday, according to Jeff Sanders of the Union-Tribune. Street has been dealing with a minor groin strain.
Insight: Manager Bud Black hasn't decided whether it will be a minor league game or a Cactus League one. Street had 33 saves, a 2.70 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP in 56 2/3 innings last season, but he has made at least one DL stint in each of the last four seasons.
Description: San Diego third baseman Chase Headley (calf strain) will hit in a batting cage Monday, according to Corey Brock of mlb.com.
Insight: The switch-hitting Headley suffered a calf strain on Feb. 22 and was given a timetable of 2-3 weeks. It's his second straight spring with an injury, as he fractured his thumb in camp last season and missed the first 14 games of the regular season. Headley then hit just .250 with 13 homers, 50 RBI and a .747 OPS in 141 games, down from .286, 31 homers, 115 RBI and an .874 OPS in 2012. Another injury won't help him regain his 2012 form.
Description: San Diego center fielder Cameron Maybin will miss two-to-three months with a ruptured left biceps tendon, according to Corey Brock of mlb.com. The Padres are relieved he didn't suffer damage to his shoulder capsule or rotator cuff.
Insight: Maybin suffered the injury while making a diving catch during Sunday's game. He played just 14 games last season due to knee and wrist injuries, the latter of which required surgery, and has hit just .235 with nine homers and 30 steals in his last 161 games.
Description: San Diego center fielder Cameron Maybin (shoulder) will undergo an MRI Monday morning, according to Dennis Lin of the Union-Tribune.
Insight: Maybin suffered a left shoulder injury while making a diving catch during Sunday's game. He played just 14 games last season due to knee and wrist injuries, the latter of which required surgery, and has hit just .235 with nine homers and 30 steals in his last 161 games.
Description: San Diego center fielder Cameron Maybin injured his left shoulder while making a diving catch during Sunday's game.
Insight: Maybin stayed in the game but clearing was dealing with some pain and discomfort in the shoulder. He exited the game in the next inning and was holding his shoulder as he left the field. Maybin played just 14 games last season due to knee and wrist injuries, the latter of which required surgery, and has hit just .235 with nine homers and 30 steals in his last 161 games.
Description: San Diego catcher Yasmani Grandal (knee) is not ready to step behind the plate anytime soon, according to the Union-Tribune.
Insight: Grandal had surgery last summer to repair damage to his right ACL and MCL. His side-to-side blocking and stamina have not progressed enough to catch a Cactus League game in the immediate future. The team may still have him ready for Opening Day.
Description: San Diego third baseman Chase Headley (calf strain) expects to be ready for Opening Day, according to the Union-Tribune.
Insight: The switch-hitting Headley is expected to miss 2-3 weeks but says he only needs 15-20 at-bats from each side of the plate to be ready. The third baseman suffered a fractured thumb last spring and missed the first 14 games of the regular season before experiencing a major regression from the previous year. Another spring injury won't help him regain his 2012 form.
Description: San Diego third baseman Chase Headley's MRI confirmed the initial diagnosis of a Grade 1 calf strain, according to Corey Brock of mlb.com.
Insight: Headley is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. The third baseman suffered a fractured thumb last spring and missed the first 14 games of the regular season before experiencing a major regression from the previous year. Another spring injury won't help him regain his 2012 form.
Description: San Diego third baseman Chase Headley will miss at least two weeks with a strained right calf, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Headley suffered a fractured thumb last spring and missed the first 14 games of the regular season before experiencing a major regression from the previous year. Another spring injury won't help him regain his 2012 form.
Description: San Diego third baseman Chase Headley strained his right calf during Saturday's workout.
Insight: We don't know the severity at this time, but fantasy owners hoping for a return to 2012 production levels can't be happy. Headley (.250, 13 HR, 50 RBI, 8 SB) experienced a significant regression last season after leading the National League in RBI in 2012 (.286, 31 HR, 115 RBI, 17 SB).
Description: Padres left-hander Cory Luebke will need a second Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire 2014 season, according to padres.mlb.com.
Insight: Luebke underwent his first surgery in May 2012 and suffered multiple setbacks before throwing off a mound without issues late in 2013. However, an MRI revealed he re-tore his UCL. Luebke, who is now 28 years old, looked to have a bright future when he put up a 3.16 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP and 177 strikeouts over 170 2/3 innings in 2011 and 2012 but he has another long recovery period ahead of him.
Description: San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera has agreed to a one-year deal avoiding arbitration.
Insight: Cabrera was having a solid season, batting .283 with 54 runs scored and 37 stolen bases, before a 50-game suspension for PEDs ended it prematurely. He definitely has fantasy value because of his speed.
Description: The Padres are bringing back outfielder Xavier Nady on a minor league contract. SOURCE: Corey Brock, MLB.com
Insight: Nady played for San Diego between 2000 and 2005 before bouncing around between New York, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Arizona, Washington and most recently, San Francisco. Even if he makes the team, there's nothing to suggest Nady will be a viable fantasy contributor next season.
Description: Reliever Joaquin Benoit is headed to San Diego on a two-year contract. SOURCE: Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports
Insight: The deal is going to be in the $14-15 million range. A few years ago it would have been unheard of for a setup man to make that much money but that seems to be where we're headed. He'll get a chance to close when Huston Street inevitably gets hurt again.
Description: The Josh Johnson sweepstakes is over. The former Marlins and Blue Jays righthander is headed to San Diego on a one-year contract. SOURCE: ESPN.com
Insight: He'll earn $8 million next season. It's a nice haul for Johnson after his miserable 2013 campaign. A bounceback year, which seems inevitable given Petco Park's pitcher-friendly reputation, could earn Johnson an even bigger payday when he hits the market again next winter.
Description: San Diego third baseman Chase Headley had knee surgery earlier this week. SOURCE: MLB.com
Insight: It was only an arthroscopic procedure, which means he should be ready in plenty of time for spring training. Headley (.250, 13 HR, 50 RBI) experienced a significant regression this season after leading the National League in RBI in 2012.
Description: Padres right fielder Will Venable is back in the lineup after missing two games with a strained abdomen.
Insight: Venable hasn't had a good month (.219 AVG in 73 September at bats) but he's done very well against the Diamondbacks this season (14-for-34). The 30-year-old Princeton alum has already set career-highs in home runs (22 HR) and RBI (53).
Description: San Diego right fielder Will Venable's season could be in jeopardy. SOURCE: Padres.com
Insight: Padres manager Bud Black says that Venable is dealing with an "abdominal situation." If the team decides to shut him down, Venable will finish the year with 22 HR, 53 RBI and a .268 batting average.
Description: Padres starter Andrew Cashner will make his last start of 2013 Sunday against the Dodgers due to an innings limit.
Insight: Cashner is coming off his best career start, a complete game one-hit shutout over the Pirates and is 2-1 with a 0.96 ERA over his last five turns. He has thrown 168 innings going into Sunday's start.
Description: Padres lefty Robbie Erlin shut out a depleted Dodgers lineup over 7 2/3 innings on Friday night.
Insight: Los Angeles was without starters Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez on Friday, though Gonzalez, Kemp and Puig did make pinch-hit appearances later in the game. Give Erlin (3-3, 4.34 ERA) credit though. Holding any opponent scoreless at the major league level is an amazing feat. The 22-year-old looks to have a bright future ahead of him.
Description: Padres starter Andrew Cashner tossed his first career shutout Monday in a win over Pittsburgh.
Insight: The only hit he surrendered was a single to Jose Tabata to lead off the seventh inning. In fact, that was the only base runner he allowed all night. Cashner has been unstoppable in his last four outings. Over that span, he's undefeated with a 0.88 ERA.
Description: Padres right fielder Will Venable is 5-for-10 with a home run and a 1.400 OPS versus Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Venable has exploded in the second half of the season, batting .337 with a .975 in 51 games after the break. He's already set a career high in homers, RBI, hits and for the first time has an OPS over .800.
Description: Padres third baseman Chase Headley has homered in three straight and five of his last 10 games.
Insight: Headley is making a late bid at 15 homers after struggling for most of the season. In 474 at-bats, he's hitting .245 with 13 blasts and 45 RBI. He hit .286 with 31 homers and led the NL with 115 RBI in 604 at-bats last season.
Description: San Diego left fielder Mark Kotsay has decided to retire at the end of the season. SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune
Insight: While never a star, Kotsay enjoyed a productive career as a role player for several teams including the Marlins, Padres, Red Sox and A's. His best season was probably in 2004 when he hit .314 with 15 homers for Oakland. In his prime, Kotsay was also an excellent defensive player with a penchant for gunning down runners at home plate.
Description: Padres third baseman Chase Headley went 3-for-5 with two RBI Tuesday against Philadelphia and is 6-for-19 (.316) with two homers and four RBI in five games since returning from a lower back injury.
Insight: It's probably too little, too late as far as most Headley owners are concerned. The Padres third has hit just .243 with 10 homers with 40 RBI one year after hitting 31 homers and leading the NL in RBI.
Description: Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin said he feels "a lot better" about his most recent knee surgery than the first two. SOURCE: UTSanDiego.com
Insight: Quentin also worked with Padres hitting coach Phil Plantier to develop a more upright batting stance. "It feels so much better," Quentin said. "I think this operation combined with my new standing taller stance is going to make a big difference next season. I didn’t realize how much torque I was putting on my right knee with my old stance from the squat. I’d swing without moving my right foot, which transferred everything to the knee."
Description: San Diego center fielder Cameron Maybin's wrist surgery was more involved than initially expected, but the Padres are optimistic that the procedure will solve the issues he has been dealing with since late in the 2011 season. SOURCE: UTSanDiego.com
Insight: "A little more was done in the wrist and joint than expected," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Cameron had some action going on in the joint. There were loose particles and loose cartilage in the joint. Going in, we didn’t know what to find." His rehab time has been pushed from 4-8 weeks to 8-12 weeks, but the center fielder should still be fine for spring training. Hopefully, the surgery helps him get his career back on track.
Description: San Diego center fielder Cameron Maybin will undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com.
Insight: Maybin played just 14 games this season and hit .157 with one home run. He suffered the wrist injury back in April and missed nearly two months before tearing the PCL in his left knee in June. He won't need surgery on his knee at this point.
Description: Padres right fielder Will Venable's "career year" has been rewarded with a two-year contract extension. Hopefully this won't change his approach.
Insight: Venable has exploded in the second half of the season, batting 351 with a 1.020 in 40 games after the break. He's already set a career high in homers and by the end of the season should set personal marks in runs, RBI, hits and OPS.
Description: Padres right fielder Will Venable slammed another home run Wednesday night, giving him a career-high 20.
Insight: Venable is hitting a robust .385 with 10 doubles, three triples, 10 homers, 19 RBI and 26 runs over his last 37 games. The outfielder hit nine homers in each of the previous two seasons; he has eight in August alone.
Description: Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin won't be returning this season. SOURCE: Corey Brock, MLB.com
Insight: Knee injuries have done Quentin in once again. It's a familiar narrative and at this point, it's fair to wonder how much more his weathered knees can take. Once an intriguing power option, Quentin's days of fantasy relevance are long gone.
Description: Free agent starting pitcher Edinson Volquez is on the Dodgers' radar. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: Volquez just pitched himself out of a job with the Padres and now the Dodgers want him? It's not the craziest thing we've ever heard, but it's right up there. Volquez (9-10, 6.01 ERA) would give the Dodgers some depth but he wouldn't be much of an upgrade over current fifth starter Chris Capuano (4-7, 4.74).
Description: San Diego third baseman Chase Headley is doubtful for Wednesday's game against Arizona due to a stiff back.
Insight: Headley left Tuesday's game because of the injury and given the Padres have Thursday off, he'll likely sit on Wednesday. Headley is batting .240 with eight homers and 36 RBI - disappointing totals for a hitter who blasted 31 home runs and knocked in 115 last year.
Description: Padres right fielder Will Venable is hitting .379 with nine doubles, three triples, nine homers, 16 RBI, six steals and a 1.125 OPS over his last 33 games.
Insight: Venable has homered seven times in August and four times in the last eight games. He's hitting .273 with a career-high 19 homers, 46 RBI, 15 steals and an .826 OPS and should be added in all leagues.
Description: The Padres have designated righthander Edinson Volquez for assignment.
Insight: Volquez failed to make it out of the first inning Friday against the Cubs, allowing five hits and six runs (five earned) before his departure. He won't have trouble finding a new team but how can fantasy owners trust someone with an ERA over six?
Description: MLB.com's AJ Cassavell reports that San Diego left fielder Carlos Quentin has a 50 percent chance of returning before the end of the season.
Insight: Quentin (.275, 13 HR, 44 RBI) has been battling knee problems all year. Even if he does come back, he'll probably need surgery again after the season. With the Padres out of the playoff hunt, there's no reason for Quentin to push it.
Description: San Diego center fielder Cameron Maybin suffered a setback in his rehab from a torn PCL. SOURCE: Corey Brock, MLB.com
Insight: Maybin (.157, 1 HR, 5 RBI) hasn't played in a game since early June. This is the second time Maybin's rehab has stalled. There's no timetable for his return and at this point it's fair to say that Maybin's season is in jeopardy.
Description: Padres right fielder Will Venable has hit safely in all 15 of his games in August and is batting .394 with nine doubles, two triples, six homers, 10 RBI, 20 runs and six steals over his last 28 games.
Insight: Venable has raised his batting average from .219 to .264 during that stretch and already has exceeded his previous career high in homers by three.
Description: Padres right fielder Will Venable smashed four hits in Saturday's win against the Mets.
Insight: It's Venable's first four-hit game since August 21st of last season. Usually a singles and doubles hitter, Venable has flashed some power this year. Right now, he's on pace for 21 homers, which would easily be a career-high.
Description: Padres manager Bud Black said that Edinson Volquez will remain in the rotation for the time being even though he possesses the highest ERA in baseball among qualified starters. SOURCE: MLB.com
Insight: Volquez is 8-10 with a 5.80 ERA in 136 2/3 innings this season. He has a 4.13 FIP and his BB/9 is below 5.00 for the first time since 2008, but the right-hander has been subpar with men on base. Volquez' strand rate is just 64 percent because he has allowed a 24.8 percent line-drive rate and 32 extra-base hits with runners on.
Description: According to the Padres.mlb.com, Carlos Quentin (knee) will not return Thursday when he's eligible.
Insight: Right knee discomfort has sidelined Quentin since July 31 and has been in too much pain to do any baseball activities. Manager Bud Black said he hasn't "heard anything close" from team doctors to suggest Quentin won't return this season, however.
Description: Padres starter Tyson Ross has been fantastic in four starts since returning to the rotation.
Insight: He has posted a 1.33 ERA, a 0.81 WHIP and a 28/10 K/BB over 27 innings. Three of those starts came away from pitcher friendly Petco Park, including Saturday's seven-inning, one-run effort against the Reds.
Description: With a round-tripper Saturday, San Diego outfielder Will Venable reached 15 home runs for the first time in his career.
Insight: Venable reached a new career high with his 14th shot Friday night. Venable is hitting .385 with five doubles, a triple, five homers, four steals and an 11/6 K/BB in 72 plate appearances over his last 20 games. He's not a long-term answer, but fantasy owners should ride out the hot streak.
Description: According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin is expected to be placed on the disabled list after tonight's game.
Insight: Knee discomfort has sidelined Quentin for the last week and a half. If he gets placed on the disabled list, the move would likely be backdated to July 31st, meaning that Quentin would be eligible to return next Thursday. Given the lack of progress he's made, that's probably a long shot.
Description: Padres starter Eric Stults held his own Wednesday against the Orioles, going seven innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
Insight: Stults took a no decision. Over his last 39 2/3 innings, Stults has posted a 2.95 ERA and is 8-10 with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP this season. The left-hander has given up more than a hit per inning but his BB/9 is 1.78 and his HR/9 is 0.59.
Description: San Diego second baseman Jedd Gyorko homered Wednesday for the second time in four games, but he has otherwise been awful since returning from the disabled list last month.
Insight: Gyorko missed a month with a groin injury and has gone 7-for-65 (.108) with two home runs, six RBI and 20 strikeouts in 17 games since rejoining the lineup. He was batting .284 with 17 doubles, eight home runs and an .802 OPS prior to his injury.
Description: According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the deal sending Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres appears to be completed.
Insight: The Diamondbacks will receive lefty reliever Joe Thatcher, Double-A prospect Matt Stites and another prospect for Kennedy, who is 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP this season. The right-hander has a 2.27 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP in 35 2/3 career innings at Petco Park, but he also had the luxury of facing the Padres in those starts. He needs to prove he still can get outs consistently before fantasy owners go near him.
Description: Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin exited Tuesday's game after "tweaking his right knee," the team announced. He'll sit out Wednesday. SOURCE: MLB.com
Insight: Quentin felt discomfort in his right knee Sunday and was scratched from Monday's lineup. It was reported initially that Quentin hurt his left knee Sunday, but it is his right knee, the one he had surgery on last October, that has been bothering him.
Description: Padres starter Tyson Ross has given up a total of five hits and one run in 14 innings since rejoining the rotation.
Insight: Ross shut out Arizona over eight innings Sunday. He'll face the Yankees in his next start, a matchup that isn't as imposing as it used to be, but he's still shouldn't be trusted in fantasy leagues.