SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' outfield mix could get very crowded very quickly over the next week.At no point this season has manager Andy Green employed his full host of outfielders to his liking. First, Franchy Cordero was sidelined with a strained groin. Then, William Myers hit the disabled list with
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' outfield mix could get very crowded very quickly over the next week.
At no point this season has manager Andy Green employed his full host of outfielders to his liking. First, Franchy Cordero was sidelined with a strained groin. Then, William Myers hit the disabled list with nerve irritation in his right arm. When Cordero returned, Manuel Margot was placed on the DL with bruised ribs the very same day.
The Padres are finally inching closer to a full contingent of healthy outfielders. Myers began his rehab assignment at Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore on Tuesday night. Margot, meanwhile, was cleared for baseball activity and took part in pregame batting practice and running drills.
Of course, the arrival of Margot and Myers -- the Padres' Nos. 1 and 2 hitters in the lineup before they got hurt -- will complicate playing time a bit.
"That's what we've wanted the whole time," Green said. "We've been hoping that would happen. ... We were hoping to have to make some of those decisions."
As things currently stand, the Padres employ four outfielders on their 25-man roster, plus Cory Spangenberg, an infielder who has filled in as a left fielder from time to time.
The club is willing to carry five outfielders but almost certainly wouldn't carry six. When Margot returns, that could put Matthew Szczur's job in jeopardy. Cordero's lefty bat is a much more fitting complement to the quartet of righty-hitting outfielders -- Margot, Myers, Jose Pirela and Hunter Renfroe.
But there's not yet a timetable for Margot's return. There's a tentative one in place for Myers. When the team flies to Arizona on Thursday, Myers is hopeful he'll join them.
"If everything goes perfectly, we might do two [rehab] games," Green said. "Or we might do three games. He wants two, and he wants to come back. No one's going to fight him if that's actually the right thing to do for him."
When that happens, the Padres will need to clear room on the roster, but it's unlikely they do so by dropping an outfielder. With two off-days in an eight-day stretch beginning Thursday, it's possible they downsize the bullpen from eight arms to seven.
Webb joins Padres
Lefty reliever Tyler Webb arrived in San Diego on Tuesday after he was claimed off waivers from Milwaukee last week. He was recalled, while left-hander Kyle McGrath was optioned to Triple-A El Paso.
The Padres are approaching the end of a stretch of 17 games in 17 days, and during that time they've used the final place in their bullpen to rotate fresh arms to the big leagues.
"That last spot is kind of a revolving door right now, and the hope is it ends up keeping a lot of people fresh," Green said. "That was a luxury we hadn't really had the past couple years, optionable spots in the bullpen."
That luxury has come in handy lately, as Robbie Erlin was moved into the rotation to fill in for the suspended Luis Perdomo. Meanwhile, Padres starters have combined for three outings of three innings or fewer in the last trip through the rotation.
Webb pitched eight Major League innings for the Yankees and Brewers last year, allowing five earned runs. He owns a 3.62 ERA over six Minor League seasons.
Perdomo return set for Wednesday
A week after his fastball behind Nolan Arenado ignited a benches-clearing brawl in Colorado, Perdomo is slated to return to the mound Wednesday against the Dodgers. He's served his five-game suspension, and his arrival pushes the entire Padres' rotation back by one day.
Factoring in Thursday's off-day, the entire Padres rotation will have six days of rest between starts. Perdomo threw an extra bullpen session over the weekend to account for the layoff.
Erlin, meanwhile, will receive a few days of rest before he returns to the 'pen.
AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.