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No planned off-days for durable Galvis

Shortstop has played every inning heading into Sunday's game; Mitchell's rotation spot in question
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MONTERREY, Mexico -- Everyday Freddy is still playing every day. Every inning, in fact.

The Padres called up shortstop prospect Javy Guerra for the weekend's series in Monterrey, where both teams were afforded a 26th man because of the logistical challenges of getting another player into Mexico in case of an injury.

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MONTERREY, Mexico -- Everyday Freddy is still playing every day. Every inning, in fact.

The Padres called up shortstop prospect Javy Guerra for the weekend's series in Monterrey, where both teams were afforded a 26th man because of the logistical challenges of getting another player into Mexico in case of an injury.

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At the time, the Padres spoke to the possibility of giving Freddy Galvis a breather. He's played every inning this season. Instead, Galvis convinced the coaching staff he wouldn't need one.

"I don't need innings off," Galvis said. "I've been able to take advantage of the days off that we've already have scheduled in. I've been able to rest and recover well. I'm always trying to take care of my body, always trying to stay healthy. I don't need games or innings off. I want to be out there, and I take care of my body in a way that's going to let me do that."

Galvis is hitting .231/.314/.289, including just two hits in his last five games, entering play Sunday. But the Padres acquired Galvis in part because of his durability. They're going to take advantage of it.

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"This isn't necessarily the time where he's the most taxed," Green said, noting Thursday's off-day. "Freddy's games played is probably one of the least of my concerns right now."

Guerra debuted as a pinch-hitter Friday night, and he struck out in his only at-bat.

Mitchell decision forthcoming
The Padres have yet to determine whether right-hander Bryan Mitchell will make his scheduled start Thursday against the Cardinals. Green, his staff and the front office will formally discuss that decision Monday upon their return to San Diego.

Mitchell lasted only 2 1/3 innings in his Saturday start, the latest in a series of struggles since he joined the Padres in the offseason. In seven starts, Mitchell owns a 6.47 ERA, and he's walked 26 hitters in 32 innings.

Consider the following quote Green offered when asked about his quick hook:

"You get to the point where you've got to make a decision for the sake of the team," he said. "We want some guys that are going to pound the strike zone."

That sentiment certainly seems to apply in the bigger picture as well.

Long relievers Robbie Erlin and Jordan Lyles are two candidates to replace Mitchell in the starting rotation, should the Padres choose to move him to the bullpen. Mitchell noted, "That's not something I'm even contemplating right now."

Ellis spells Lopez
Evidently, the Padres platoon of A.J. Ellis and Raffy Lopez isn't a strict one. Ellis started Sunday's game against the Dodgers, despite righty Ross Stripling on the hill for Los Angeles.

Green cited Lopez's workload, noting he generally hasn't been over-exerted behind the plate. Lopez, who homered on Saturday for his first hit as a Padre, has never played more than 95 games at catcher in his eight professional seasons.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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