Rene Rivera C SD 25 Days
Padres catcher Rene Rivera shed 20 pounds over the offseason.
The 30-year-old is devoting his time and effort in Major League camp to working with the pitchers rather than focusing on competition for a roster spot. As long as Yasmani Grandal is healthy enough to begin the regular season with the team, Rivera is likely slated for Triple-A.
Rene Rivera C SD 8 Months
The Padres are expected to promote Rene Rivera from Triple-A Tuscon on Sunday in the wake of the severe knee injury suffered Saturday by Yasmani Grandal.
Rivera will function in a reserve role, with Nick Hundley expected to assume the primary catching duties for the Padres. Rivera, who hasn't played in the big leagues since 2011, was hitting .343/.382/.474 with five homers and 38 RBI on the season at Triple-A.