60DKyle Schwarber C/LF/DH CHC 41 minutes ago
Schwarber (knee) is headed to the Arizona Fall League, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The 23-year-old will reportedly be in the lineup for the Mesa Solar Sox on Saturday, marking his return to game action after more than six months on the shelf due to a serious knee injury. Schwarber suffered a fully torn ACL and LCL in an outfield collision with Dexter Fowler in the Cubs' third game of the season. He will lose catcher eligibility in most formats in 2017, but Schwarber's bat should keep him highly relevant in mixed leagues.
60DDevin Mesoraco C CIN 59 minutes ago
The Reds plan to have Mesoraco (shoulder) back behind the plate next season.
Following a breakout campaign in 2014, Mesoraco has combined to play in just 39 games over the past two seasons as he's required significant surgery on both hip and his left shoulder. He is expected to be ready to resume catching duties in mid-to-late January and Mesoraco is still just 28, but there are doubts about his ability to hold up to the rigors of catching duties. Tucker Barnhart took for Mesoraco in 2016 and filled in capably behind the dish, but did little of note with the bat.
Carlos Asuaje 2B SD 1 hour ago
Asuaje has started a stint in the Dominican Winter League, the Padres' official site reports.
With little left to prove at Triple-A, Asuaje will get an opportunity to compete for an Opening Day roster spot during spring training. Second base is currently crowded with the emergence of Ryan Schimpf in 2016 and the expected return of Cory Spangenberg from a quad injury. Asuaje has appeal as a utility option, however, as he can play at least three positions capably and serve as a left-handed bat off the bench for manager Andy Green.
60DCarter Capps RP MIA 1 hour ago
Capps (elbow) may be available for Opening Day, the Padres' official site reports.
The hard-throwing right-hander had Tommy John surgery on March 8, leaving him approximately 13 months removed from the procedure when the 2017 season begins. Capps has the ability to emerge as an elite closer if he returns to his pre-surgery form, but the Padres may opt to bring him along slowly with respect to the ninth-inning role as Brandon Maurer fared well in the second half of 2016 (13-for-15 in save chances, 3.09 ERA from July 1 on).
OUTJabari Blash RF/DH SD 1 hour ago
Blash (finger) will head to the Padres' spring training facility in Arizona soon, the team's official site reports.
Once he's deemed fit to play again, Blash will likely embark on a winter league assignment. He'll compete for a spot, likely on the San Diego bench, during spring training, but it's difficult to envision anything more than a part-time role for him.
60DCory Spangenberg 2B/3B SD 1 hour ago
Spangenberg (quad) will report to the team's spring training complex in Arizona in the near future, the team's official site reports.
If he's cleared to do so, Spangenberg is a candidate to play winter ball after his quad injury limited him to just 14 games for the Padres in 2016. Presumably, Spangenberg will be in the mix for a starting job at second base this spring as part of a competition with Ryan Schimpf and Carlos Asuaje.
60DCesar Vargas SP SD 1 hour ago
Vargas (forearm) will pitch in the Mexican Winter League this offseason, the Padres' official site reports.
If all goes as planned for Vargas this offseason, it is expected that he'll be in a large competition for a rotation spot in San Diego during spring training, but the 25-year-old may be considered a long shot at this point to earn one of the five starting jobs for Opening Day.
OUTColin Rea SP SD 1 hour ago
Rea (elbow) is on schedule in his recovery from a partially torn UCL in his pitching elbow, the Padres' official site reports.
If he's healthy enough to do so, Rea could appear in a few Arizona Fall League games before the short offseason league wraps up in November. For now, the Padres are hoping that Rea can avoid Tommy John surgery, but the team has a Dec. 1 deadline for him to be completely healthy before reconsidering the procedure. If healthy, Rea will be in the mix for a rotation spot during spring training.
OUTJarred Cosart SP SD 1 hour ago
Cosart (elbow) had surgery to remove loose bodies from his pitching elbow, the team's official site reports.
The surgery was performed Wednesday, and it's expected that Cosart will need six weeks to fully recover. With that timetable, he should be 100 percent for the start of spring training in February, but it's fair to wonder if a move to the bullpen may be on tap for Cosart in 2017 if the Padres can find a viable quintet of starters without including the 26-year-old right-hander in that equation.
Niko Goodrum SS MIN 23 hours ago
Goodrum re-signed with the Twins on a minor league contract, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
Goodrum has solid discipline at the plate (10.6 percent walk rate) and defensive versatility, so the Twins decided to bring him back to the organization following a strong 2016 campaign with Double-A Chattanooga. That being said, he's still a good distance from the major leagues, so he'll likely act as utility depth for the organization for now.