Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/3B/CF SD 5 days ago

Amarista is back in the lineup Wednesday and will bat eighth.

Clint Barmes picked up a few starts at shortstop for San Diego earlier in the week, but Amarista will return to his role as the starting shortstop Wednesday against Colorado. Amarista went 0-for-2 with a run as a pinch hitter in Tuesday's win and is batting .226 on the season.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/3B/CF SD 1 week ago

Amarista is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cubs.

Despite a left-hander in Jon Lester being on the mound for the Cubs, Amarista will be rested after playing all 11 innings and going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in Saturday's loss against the Cubs. The hitless performance dropped Amarista's overall line to .241/.353/.310 for the season, but with backup shortstop Clint Barmes strictly a glove-first player, Amarista maintains a steady hold on a starting role.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/3B/CF SD 2 weeks ago

Amarista will return to the lineup Sunday against the Giants.

Amarista appears to be in a timeshare with Clint Barmes at shortstop, but he will receive the start Sunday.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/3B/CF SD 2 weeks ago

Amarista is out of the Padres' lineup Saturday.

Clint Barmes gets the start at shortstop, as the two seem to have a pretty even time share going so far in 2015.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/3B/CF SD 3 weeks ago

Amarista pinch-hit for Clint Barmes in the ninth inning Monday against the Dodgers. He struck out after facing five pitches.

Amarista was replaced by Barmes in the lineup Monday after seeming to lock down the everyday shortstop job this spring. Barmes likely got the nod over Amarista due to his career .259 average against Kershaw coming into Monday, however. Look for Amarista to move into the lineup for Tuesday's game.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/3B/CF SD 3 weeks ago

Amarista is not in the Padres' Opening Day lineup against the Dodgers.

Clint Barmes draws the start at shortstop and bats eighth against reigning NL MVP Clayton Kershaw. It's a bit surprising, seeing as Amarista's hot bat and defense appeared to put him in line to open the year as the starter, but Barmes actually has a respectable 7-for-27 career mark (.259 average with a homer) against Kershaw.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/3B/CF SD 1 month ago

Amarista is batting .357 with four RBI and three strikeouts through 28 at-bats this spring. Perhaps more importantly, his defensive performance has given him the inside track at winning the shortstop job over newly acquired Clint Barmes.

Amarista's bat has cooled off over this past week after going 2-11 in his last four games. Still, it looks as though he has the edge over Barmes, who is batting .174 this spring with five strikeouts and has reportedly looked stiff in the field.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/3B/CF SD 2 months ago

Amarista is off to a strong start this spring, going 6-for-9 with four RBI through three games.

San Diego brought in Clint Barmes this offseason to compete with Amarista for the starting shortstop job, but Amarista has been up to the challenge thus far. On the other hand, Barmes has gone 1-for-6 with a strikeout through three games and he has also committed two errors. While it's still early in the race, Amarista has the advantage right now.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/3B/CF SD 3 months ago

Amarista signed a two-year, $2.5 million contract with the Padres on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

The Padres' significant offseason additions may prevent Amarista from claiming a starting role to open 2015, but his ability to play multiple positions should nonetheless allow him to pick up ample at-bats throughout the season. He put together a meager .239/.286/.314 batting line last season, but made up for it to a degree with his proficiency on the basepaths, where he stole 12 bases in 13 attempts.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/3B/CF SD 7 months ago

Amarista went 1-for-4 with one run scored and two RBI against the Giants on Friday.

The Padres didn't have a ton of hits on the night, but they made them count when they had to as in Amarista's case. Amarista (.246/.293/.325) is never going to be a bat to build a team around, but he can help fill a middle infield role for fantasy owners.