SAN DIEGO -- Two familiar faces returned to the Padres' clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon. The arrival of Joey Lucchesi was a welcome sight. The arrival of Franchy Cordero -- at least given the circumstances -- was not.
As has too often been the case this season, the Padres' excitement at some positive injury news was tempered by a setback elsewhere.
Lucchesi will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday. He's slated to start against the A's after missing five weeks with a right hip strain. For a rotation lacking serious depth, Lucchesi's return couldn't come soon enough.
Cordero, meanwhile, had his rehab stint shut down after he felt a recurrence of his right forearm strain while swinging on Sunday. He visited with Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday, and the Padres are poring over test results before deciding on a course of action.
Manager Andy Green didn't divulge the specifics of those tests, and it's unclear whether surgery is an option for Cordero. But Green noted "it's highly unlikely we're going to see him anytime soon."
Cordero was hitting .237/.307/.439 when he landed on the disabled list on May 28. He had emerged as one of the game's most exciting rookies, making headlines for his mammoth home runs and his 115 mph rockets.
Lucchesi also fits squarely into that "exciting rookies" camp. In nine starts this season, the 25-year-old left-hander owns a 3.23 ERA with more than a strikeout per inning.
His arrival means the Padres will shelve "bullpen day," at least temporarily. In Lucchesi's absence, the Padres had used their entire relief corps to eat four of his turns through the rotation. Matt Strahm took the ball first in all four of those games, but he'll return to 'pen duties exclusively.
"For the time being, we'll pull out that -- what we'd call -- bullpen day," Green said. "Matt Strahm will go back to more of a traditional bullpen role for the time being. But we reserve the right to change it at any point in time if we think that's our most effective way to win a baseball game."
Myers, Hedges on the mend
Cordero's continued absence could be mitigated slightly by the pending return of William Myers. The Padres right fielder has been on the disabled list since April with a left oblique strain.
Myers could be back as soon as this weekend in San Francisco. Catcher Austin Hedges -- who is rehabbing right elbow tendinitis and also hasn't played since April -- could join him.
"There's a good chance we see those guys in relative short order," Green said. "But nothing's finalized."
Hedges would likely slot directly into the starting catcher role, putting Raffy Lopez's status in jeopardy. Myers, meanwhile, would play right field, leaving something of a conundrum in a crowded outfield.
Travis Jankowski, Manuel Margot, Hunter Renfroe and Franmil Reyes have been splitting playing time relatively evenly at all three spots. When Myers returns, it's likeliest that one of them is optioned to Triple-A El Paso, while the other three rotate among two spots.
"Nice to be back," Green quipped upon his arrival in the home dugout for his pregame meeting with the media. "For 48 hours."
As Green noted, the Padres' two-game series against Oakland offers a bizarre scheduling anomaly. In a three-week stretch, these are the only two games at Petco Park.
The Padres recently returned from a 10-game road trip through Miami, St. Louis and Atlanta. On Thursday, they embark on a week-long trip to San Francisco and Texas. Then they're home for a three-game set against the Pirates before another weeklong trip. In total, that's five home games in 32 days.
"I've never seen a schedule like that," Green said. "We're not around very often. We're going to enjoy it while we're here -- definitely the weather is a lot nicer than St. Louis and Atlanta."