RHP Brad Brach was recalled from Triple-A Tucson on Saturday after the club designated Edinson Volquez for assignment. Brach is serving his fourth stint with the Padres this season. In 25 relief appearances for San Diego, he is 1-0 with a 3.97 ERA (10 ER, 22.2 IP) and 24 strikeouts against 11 walks.
LF Carlos Quentin experienced improvement in his strained right knee and club officials decided to hold off making a decision on whether to shut him down. "I think at some point there is going to be a decision on whether he does ramp it up to play in September or there is a time he's not going to play," manager Bud Black said Saturday. "I think I said that day is approaching here in the next couple of days (during) this homestand. But because of the way he s feeling and getting better, we're going to push that timetable back a little bit to see if this is possible." The Padres could make a decision on Quentin, who has played in just 82 games, sometime next week.
RHP Huston Street converted his 25th save in 27 opportunities in Friday's victory over the Cubs. Street allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth, extending his scoreless streak of innings to 16 1/3. Street has converted his last 10 save opportunities.
RHP Edinson Volquez was designated for assignment on Saturday. Volquez was 9-10 with a 6.01 ERA with 116 strikeouts and 69 walks in 142 1/3 innings this season. He got shelled Friday night, lasting just 2/3 of an inning and giving up six runs (five earned) against the Cubs. Volquez was acquired by the Padres with 1B Yonder Alonso, C Yasmani Grandal and RHP Brad Boxberger in exchange for Mat Latos in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds in December 2011. General manager Josh Byrnes, manager Bud Black and pitching coach Darren Balsley spoke with Volquez before Saturday s game. "As an organization, we came to the decision to make this move with (Volquez) and think about the upcoming weeks as an opportunity to see some other pitchers in the organization," Black said.
LHP Eric Stults (8-11) allowed three runs and six hits with four strikeouts and two walks in 6 1/3 innings in Saturday s defeat by the Cubs. Stults gave up a solo home run and an RBI double to Darwin Barney that winded up being the game-winning run in the seventh."He put a couple of good swings on the ball today, so you have to give him credit for hitting the mistakes, and our guys did a good job of crawling back in there late in the game," Stults said. "But we weren t able to push across the tying runs or go-ahead run."
OF Will Venable continues to stroke it offensively. The hot-hitting Venable, who went 3-for-4 in Saturday s setback to the Cubs, homered for the Padres for the second consecutive game. Venable has hit safely in 19 of the last 20 games, batting .383 during that stretch. He also tied former Padre Adrian Gonzalez for the single-season club mark for homers at Petco with 14. Venable has 19 overall, the most since Mike Cameron hit 21 in 2007.
RHP Andrew Cashner, who was obtained by the Padres in a deal involving Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo, will make his 22nd start of the season against Chicago on Sunday. Cashner was tagged with his third consecutive loss in his last outing on Aug. 19, falling to the Pirates at Petco. Cashner allowed three runs (one earned) in seven innings. He dropped a decision to the Cubs earlier this season. This will be his first time facing them at Petco.
OF/1B Kyle Blanks will begin a rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Tucson. Blanks will initially serve as a designated hitter with Tucson before he "ramp up his schedule" later in the week. "He's ready and he's excited to go. He feels good," manager Bud Black said. Blanks has been on the disabled list since July 12 with tendinitis in his left Achilles.