After coming out of Saturday’s game after just one pitch, San Diego Padres’ reliever Kirby Yates is headed for a disabled list stint with what’s being reported as tendinitis in his right ankle.
As per AJ Cassavell of MLB.com, the San Diego Padres announced today that reliever, Kirby Yates will be sent to the 10-day disabled list with what the team is calling “ankle tendinitis”.
The team will recall Buddy Baumann from Triple-A El Paso to take his spot on the team’s 25-man roster.
Yates has been really good for the Padres
Yates, 31, has appeared in five games this year, having not allowed an earned run in 3.2 innings pitched. He’s struck out five, walked one, and allowed only one hit.
Needless to say, Yates’ absence could prove to be costly. The Padres’ bullpen has performed very well thus far, pitching to a 2.06 earned-run average, good for fifth best in the National League.
The Friars’ ‘pen’s 0.99 walks and hits per inning pitched (WHIP) ranks third in the league, their 43 strikeouts rank third, and their 14 walks are tied for fourth-least in the NL. Not too shabby, folks.
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Padres call-up Buddy Baumann
In order to keep everyone in the Padres’ relief corps fresh, manager Andy Green decided to bring up another reliever to replace Yates instead of shoring up the team’s bench, keeping the bullpen at eight men and the bench at four.
Baumann, 30, has a career 2.96 earned-run average in 27.1 innings over 2016 and 2017 for the Friars. His 1.061 WHIP, 10.2 strikeouts per nine and 3.6 walks per nine are all quite respectable numbers.
So far this season for Triple-A El Paso, Baumann has pitched 1.1 innings, giving up no hits, striking out one and walking none.
One can only hope that he will be able to fill in admirably for the injured Yates, as long as he may be out.