San Diego Padres: Roster News & Lineup Changes vs. Colorado

SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 17: Jose Pirela
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 17: Jose Pirela /

As the San Diego Padres head into tonight’s matchup with the Colorado Rockies, still looking for their first win of the season, they’ll be without a handful of their starters.

As if things couldn’t get off to a worse start for the winless San Diego Padres, they’ll be without Wil Myers, and for the second game in a row, Austin Hedges, who will have the night off as he recovers from back issues.

Chase Headley, who’s been mired in a slump over the Friars’ first four games, will also get the night off.

It figures that on the night Tyson Ross makes his return to the Petco Park pitching mound, he’ll be without three of the team’s starting positional players.

Playing for Myers in left will be Hunter Renfroe. Renfroe has one hit in six at-bats so far this year in clearly limited playing time.

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Christian Villanueva will get the call at third base, and A.J. Ellis, in a last-minute substitution, will be behind the plate again tonight.

Padres’ batting order and roster moves

Manuel Margot remains at the top of the order, with Jose Pirela, Eric Hosmer, and Renfroe following him.

Christian Villanueva, Freddy Galvis, Carlos Asuaje, Ellis, and then Ross fill out the rest of the Padres batting order.

They’ll be facing the Rockies’ left-hander, Kyle Freeland.

Three of the Friars with decent career numbers against Freeland (Hedges, .400; Myers, .600; Spangenberg, .500) aren’t in the starting lineup.

That leaves Margot and Renfroe as the only other San Diego hitters with more than one at-bat versus him.

Next: Tyson Ross Will Make His Season Debut Tonight

In order to make room for Tyson Ross on the roster, the Friars optioned reliever Kyle McGrath to Triple-A El Paso and moved Allen Cordoba to the 60-day disabled list as he continues to recover from the after-effects of a concussion he suffered in an automobile accident in February.