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CF Reymond Fuentes was 0-for-3 before leaving in a double switch in his major league debut Monday after his contract was purchased from Triple-A Tucson earlier in the day. Fuentes, who was obtained from Boston with 1B Anthony Rizzo, RHP Casey Kelly and INF Eric Patterson for 1B Adrian Gonzalez on Dec. 6, 2010, was hitting a combined .330 with six homers, 43 RBIs and 35 stolen base at Double-A San Antonio and Tucson. A first-round draft pick in 2009, Fuentes hit safely in his first 13 games after being promoted to Tucson in early August.
RHP Tyson Ross had pitched nine scoreless innings two appearances against Arizona this season before running into trouble Monday, when he gave up six runs (four earned) and seven hits in six-plus innings. "I definitely struggled with command early on. I found a little bit of a groove there, but I wasn't sharpest with the fastball. That is something that I have to work on," Ross said. His defense did not help, when 3B Chase Headley did not come up with a bases-loaded groundball that became a two-run single instead of an inning-ending double play in the sixth inning as Arizona scored twice for a 4-1 lead.
RHP Brad Brach, who threw two scoreless innings Sunday, was optioned to Triple-A Tucson the next day. Brach is 1-0 with a 3.65 ERA in 26 appearances for San Diego this season.
OF Jaff Decker was optioned to Triple-A Tucson when the Padres called up OF Reymond Fuentes. Decker went 4-for-26 (.154) with one homer and two RBIs in 13 games for San Diego.
RHP Ian Kennedy will make his return to Chase Field with a Tuesday start against the Diamondbacks, for whom he won 36 games in 2011-12 before being traded to the Padres for LHP Joe Thatcher, minor league reliever Cody Stites and a compensation pick between the second and third rounds in the 2014 June draft. Kennedy is 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA in four starts for the Padres after going 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts for the D-backs this season. "Our need was starting pitching," San Diego manager Bud Black. "A lot of our starting-pitching depth has been unfortunately injured over the last couple of years. We felt getting a guy like Ian would help stabilize a spot in our rotation."
RHP Anthony Bass was recalled from Triple-A Tucson, giving the Padres a fresh bullpen arm Monday. He wound up throwing 1 2/3 scoreless innings against Arizona, lowering his ERA to 4.08 in 20 major league appearances this year.
OF Will Venable had two of the Padres' five hits Monday to up his batting average to .374 in August, the best month of his career. He has nine hits in his last four games and has hit safely in 21 of his last 22. "The on-field performance ... Will will be the first player to tell you be expects that, and we expect that," manager Bud Black said. "He has the skill set to do that. What I like is how he's playing. Will always plays hard."
LF Kyle Blanks (left Achilles) was 0-for-3 in the first game of a rehab assignment at Triple-A Tucson on Sunday, and he went 1-for-3 Monday. Blanks, who has missed 35 games since going on the disabled list July 12, is not expected to rejoin the Padres this week, according to manager Bud Black. "You won't see Blanks here. Very doubtful in L.A. Blanksie has to play and get his at-bats," said Black, whose Padres play a three-game weekend series against the Dodgers.