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Padres send 5 to Minors, near OD roster

Quackenbush, Wallace among those sent down Wednesday
March 29, 2017

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres trimmed their roster by five players on Wednesday, their penultimate series of moves before the Opening Day squad is set over the weekend.Right-handed reliever Kevin Quackenbush was optioned to Minor League camp, the most noteworthy of five unsurprising decisions. Quackenbush entered the spring with a

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres trimmed their roster by five players on Wednesday, their penultimate series of moves before the Opening Day squad is set over the weekend.
Right-handed reliever Kevin Quackenbush was optioned to Minor League camp, the most noteworthy of five unsurprising decisions. Quackenbush entered the spring with a shot at one of the final bullpen spots, but he posted a 9.58 Cactus League ERA in 11 appearances.
Catcher Tony Cruz, righty Carlos Fisher, first baseman Brett Wallace and utility man Jamie Romak were all reassigned to Minor League camp.
"They're guys that we think a lot of," Padres manager Andy Green said. "At some point in time, a lot of those guys are going to come back and impact us at the Major League level."
With Wednesday's roster moves, the Padres have 37 players in Major League camp. Seven of those 37, however, will start the year on the disabled list (Buddy Baumann, Carter Capps, Alex Dickerson, Robbie Erlin, Christian Friedrich, Erik Johnson and Colin Rea).
That leaves five cuts still to come before Monday's opener at Dodger Stadium.

Four will come from the group of 17 position players (counting catcher-pitcher-outfielder hybrid Christian Bethancourt among them). Numbers-wise, almost every scenario remains in play.
Green still hasn't ruled out the possibility of carrying four catchers, given the versatility of Bethancourt and the Rule 5 status of Luis Torrens.
"If you do keep those catchers, it minimizes the number of pieces you can put out in the field, in the outfield or in the infield," Green said. "Those are real discussions going on right now, and I think they'll persist for the next couple days. There's a trade-off with every one of them."
Green also hasn't ruled out carrying only three primary outfielders. Infielders Allen Cordoba, Cory Spangenberg and Luis Sardinas are also capable of playing there.
As for the lone remaining roster move on the pitching staff, things are more straightforward. If Luis Perdomo doesn't make the rotation, he starts the year at Triple-A El Paso, and the Padres' staff is set.
If Perdomo does earn one of the two remaining starting jobs, either Trevor Cahill or Jarred Cosart will shift to the bullpen. That could leave Jose Torres and Phil Maton fighting for the final relief role.

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