SAN DIEGO -- A day after their benches-clearing altercation in Colorado, the Padres chose to view the aftereffects in a positive light.Right-hander Luis Perdomo -- who threw a 96-mph fastball behind Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado on Wednesday -- continues to deny intent with the pitch. But as a whole,
SAN DIEGO -- A day after their benches-clearing altercation in Colorado, the Padres chose to view the aftereffects in a positive light.
Right-hander Luis Perdomo -- who threw a 96-mph fastball behind Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado on Wednesday -- continues to deny intent with the pitch. But as a whole, the Padres insisted the Rockies merited a stern response after plunking Hunter Renfroe earlier that day, Manuel Margot on Tuesday night and Christian Villanueva last week during his three-homer game.
No suspensions were handed down Thursday. A formal announcement from Major League Baseball is expected Friday.
For now, the Padres feel their response to five plunkings from Rockies pitching in seven games this season could be a spark going forward. Perdomo's pitch -- purposeful or not -- prompted the benches to clear, and the Padres defended their young right-hander.
"Probably the greatest effect of those is a bonding effect, where you know everybody has each other's back," manager Andy Green said. "Everybody goes to war together, fights together, protects each other when necessary. We'll ... show up with the expectation it'll cause us to jell a little bit more. These guys know they have each other's back. That's a good feeling to have."
Added first baseman Eric Hosmer: "It just shows we have each other's backs. That's the main thing."
Margot was sent to the hospital Tuesday night after being hit on the ribs, then went on the 10-day disabled list. Renfroe is still battling some lingering soreness from the fastball he took off his left wrist (though he noted that the padding in his battling gloves prevented further injury).
"At a certain point, they can't keep missing like that, inside," catcher Austin Hedges said. "Whether we do something to stop it or whether they do, that can't keep happening to our guys. ... For me, if our guys keep missing arm side and hitting guys, I'm not calling those inside pitches anymore. You've got to earn that right. Otherwise, you know you might get one of your own teammates hurt."
The Padres believe Wednesday's incident could serve as a springboard to a tighter bond as a group. Of course, they aren't concerning themselves with Colorado.
"I'm not even remotely thinking about the Rockies today," Green said. "All of our focus right now is on the Giants coming to town."
Creating depth in a beleaguered bullpen, the Padres recalled right-hander Colten Brewer on Thursday, sending lefty Buddy Baumann to Triple-A El Paso. Baumann allowed five runs (two earned) in one-third of an inning in his season debut Wednesday. He was called upon to replace Perdomo on short notice.
In his Major League debut in Thursday's 7-0 loss to the Giants, Brewer gave up four unearned runs on four hits and two walks, striking out one, in two-thirds of an inning.
Brewer signed a one-year Major League deal with the Padres during the offseason. In 41 games across three levels of the Yankees' Minor League system last season, he posted a 2.82 ERA with 69 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings.
"At first, it was such a shock, I didn't know what to say," said Brewer, who threw two scoreless innings for El Paso before his callup. "It didn't process until I called my dad. ... Before I signed here, I just noticed a group of guys that trusted my stuff. I thought, 'Hey I want to be a Padre.'"
• Right fielder William Myers, who is recovering from nerve irritation in his right arm, took 25 swings off a tee Thursday. He also made a handful of throws with a medicine ball. Myers' next step will be playing catch, though it's unclear when he'll first do so.
• Righty setup man Kirby Yates played long toss Thursday afternoon, as he recovers from right ankle tendinitis that landed him on the 10-day disabled list over the weekend. He's hopeful for a return shortly after he's eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday. Yates is dealing with tenderness when he pushes off and drags his back foot down the slope of the mound.
AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.