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Roster moves: Lauer selected, Buddy Baumann DFA’d, Hosmer takes family leave

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While adding Eric Lauer to the roster so he can make his MLB debut was a foregone conclusion, the mechanics of the transaction was an important detail. To join the active roster, a player needed to leave both the 25-man and 40-man rosters. This afternoon, we received our answers.

Both moves are relative surprises. For Eric Hosmer, his family business is none of the public’s business, but those in the public eye can’t keep everything private. We see the words “paternity” and “bereavement” used for the obvious reasons, so a nebulous “family medical leave” suggests an illness in the immediate family. That’s as far as I’m willing to pry. All of us in the Friar Family should just think happy thoughts for him and his family, and wish him a happy return to the field soon.

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Buddy Baumann came to the Padres in December 2015 as a minor league free agent who had spent his whole career in the Royals minor league system. The Padres gave him a chance, and he established a role for himself. It’s got to be tough being the guy who gets shuttled back and forth to El Paso, but he held down the job to the tune of a collective 2.96 ERA and 1.061 WHIP. Coming into this year, he was one of four lefty relievers on the Padres 40-man roster, joined by Brad Hand, Robbie Erlin, and Kyle McGrath. Okay, five if you count Jose Torres, who’s on the Restricted List due to some legal stuff that I’d rather not talk about right now. Anyway, Baumann started the 2018 season in AAA and picked up right where he left off last year, posting a WHIP of 1.050 cross eight scoreless appearances. His only MLB service time this season would happen to be the “brawl game”, where he got his dander whipped up in the fracas and then had to come take the wheel after Luis Perdomo got ejected. Five hits, two walks, two earned runs later, and only one out recorded, Baumann was sent back down after the game, only to learn later that he was suspended one game for his role in the tussle.

Earlier this month, the Padres claimed Tyler Webb off waivers, adding another lefty to the mix. Right now it looks like Webb pushed Baumann off the roster, claiming Buddy’s seat on the El Paso Express. Now Baumann will drift in DFA limbo as he awaits his next destination. He might get claimed or traded to another team, he might clear waivers and accept assignment back to El Paso, or he might get released and go looking for his next opportunity. He seems like a good guy, and he has the best sock/stirrup game on the squad, so he’ll have some fans following him wherever the game takes him.