The Padres have decided on the final two slots in the rotation. Opening Day starter Jhoulys Chacin was announced on Tuesday, along with news that Clayton Richard and Jered Weaver were in the rotation, but the back end of the rotation was still undecided. With the team starting the season on the road in Los Angeles, an opportunity was open for the team to give a nod of recognition for a young man who exceeded expectations last season.
Nice reward for Perdomo, the Padres best starter this spring and in the second half last year: He will start the home opener vs. SF— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) March 30, 2017
The competition for the rotation had apparently come down to Luis Perdomo, Trevor Cahill, and Jarred Cosart. Cosart’s struggles through the spring were apparent, and while he is making the Opening Day roster, it won’t be in the rotation.
Trevor Cahill will start Day 3 for the Padres. Luis Perdomo on Day 5. Jarred Cosart will open the season in the bullpen.— Dennis Lin (@sdutdennislin) March 30, 2017
AJ Cassavell also noted that Craig Stammen is in line for a bullpen job, which is a result of an excellent spring as he’s working his way back from two seasons lost to injury. Cassavell notes that the final bullpen spot seems to be down to Jose Torres vs. Phil Maton. Both have performed well this spring. Torres has to have the inside track on the job since he’s already on the 40-man roster.
No longer in Peoria, but it's Cahill and Perdomo for Games 3 and 5. Stammen in, too, likely leaving Torres v. Maton for last pitching spot.— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) March 30, 2017
The 40-man roster is currently full, and it’s likely that a move will be needed to add Jabari Blash who has earned a job with an impressive spring performance and should take Alex Dickerson’s spot while Dickerson heals up from a back issue. The Padres play today in Peoria and on Friday in Lake Elsinore, and in the meantime keep your ears open for the final roster moves of the spring!