Rosters are set to expand from 26 to 28 men starting in September. For a team like the San Diego Padres who are still hanging on to a glimmer of hope for 2023, they could use any depth available to them at this point.
In a dream world, Padres fans might be able to look forward to the debut of top prospects like Ethan Salas, Dylan Lesko or Jackson Merrill next month. But while that isn't realistic by any stretch, here are two players we could see back in San Diego when rosters expand, and one who will likely be left behind.
San Diego Padres pitcher Adrian Morejon could make a surprise return in September
An injury-riddled season that has produced just eight big-league outings in 2023, lefty Adrian Morejon is on the mend as he prepares for a late-season comeback.
Morejon is currently on an rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso, and with a 3.14 ERA in 11 games for the Chihuahuas, his return to the Padres could be imminent.
That's somewhat of a miracle for the southpaw given that he started 2023 on the shelf with elbow problems, then followed that bout up with knee inflammation after a brief season debut right after the All-Star break.
If Morejon can keep his stats where they are, as well as demonstrate his continued progress through rehabilitation, San Diego may be calling his name when rosters expand.