Dale Thayer RP SD 2 Days

Thayer secured his fourth win of the season Wednesday against the Brewers, striking out one and inducing two groundouts while working the 10th inning.

Closer Joaquin Benoit wasn't exactly overworked entering action Wednesday -- he logged two one-inning outings in the preceding three tilts -- but manager Bud Black may keep Benoit's workload in check after he missed nearly two weeks this month due to a sore shoulder. While Kevin Quackenbush handled the ninth, Thayer was afforded a late-game chance after Rene Rivera's solo shot in the bottom of frame resulted in extra baseball. With Quackenbush assuming setup duty, expect most of Thayer's opportunities to occur in the seventh inning for the remainder of the year.

Dale Thayer RP SD 4 Months

Padres activated RHP Dale Thayer from the paternity leave list.

Thayer will be back in his sixth- and seventh-inning role after missing just one day of action.

Dale Thayer RP SD 4 Months

Padres placed RHP Dale Thayer on the paternity leave list.

Thayer will be out for the next 1-3 days. He has posted an excellent 1.45 ERA in 18 2/3 innings this season.

Dale Thayer RP SD 5 Months

Dale Thayer has been diagnosed with a bruised forearm after being hit by a comebacker in Friday's Cactus League contest.

He's expected to be fine and shouldn't miss any action because of it. The 33-year-old hurler had a nice spring, posting a 2.08 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 9/0 K/BB ratio in 8 2/3 innings.

Dale Thayer RP SD May 21 '13

Dale Thayer notched his eighth hold in Monday's victory against St. Louis.

Thayer induced Ty Wigginton into a double-play after surrendering a leadoff single to Jon Jay. After walking Pete Kozma, he was yanked for Joe Thatcher, who ended the inning. Thayer holds a 3.15 ERA and 0.90 WHIP over 20 appearances.

Dale Thayer RP SD Aug 27 '12

Padres activated RHP Dale Thayer from the paternity leave list.

Thayer was away from the Padres over the weekend in order to be present for the birth of his child. He should resume getting save chances for the Padres with Huston Street (calf) still on the disabled list.

Dale Thayer RP SD Aug 24 '12

Padres placed RHP Dale Thayer on the paternity leave list.

Thayer can remain on paternity leave for 24 to 72 hours. Luke Gregerson could be an option to fill in if there's a save chance while he's away. The Padres called up Josh Spence to replace him on the active roster.

Dale Thayer RP SD Aug 22 '12

Called upon to protect a 5-3 ninth-inning lead, Dale Thayer blew his third save Tuesday against the Padres.

Tonight's outing isn't Thayer's fault; if Bud Black's desire is to continue to play with fire, he's going to get scorched. Rotoworld wouldn't dare stretch that clich‚ to include general manager Josh Byrnes, who would probably prefer, at this point, that his skipper juggles flames with late leads. After all, the Padres, 16 games below .500 entering the day, stand to acquire no worse than the third pick in next year's draft. Conspiracy theories aren't our thing. Pointing out that a 31-year-old journeyman reliever with a 4.43 career ERA shouldn't be protecting leads is. Regardless, until Huston Street returns, Thayer is roughly the 32nd-most valuable reliever in fantasy baseball.

Dale Thayer RP SD Aug 11 '12

Dale Thayer is expected to serve as the Padres' interim closer.

With Huston Street (calf) likely headed to the disabled list, Thayer and Luke Gregerson are being considered for save chances. We'd expect Thayer to assume the role he held when Street was out in earlier this season, but Gregerson could be an option if he struggles.

Dale Thayer RP SD May 30 '12

Dale Thayer took a loss after giving up a homer in a tie game against the Cubs on Wednesday.

One wonders if rust has something to do with Thayer's last two appearances; he was pitching on five days' rest when he gave up five runs on Saturday and three days' rest in giving up two runs today. The Padres haven't been generating save chances, so they haven't been finding work for him. He still figures to get the next save chance they do create.