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Padres to call up Austin Allen, option Eric Yardley

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Rookie backstop to provide bench help

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According to a just-tweeted bit of news from AJ Cassavell of MLB.com, San Diego is expected to call up rookie catcher Austin Allen. Sidearming reliever Eric Yardley will be optioned back to Triple-A after getting his first big league cup of coffee.

Cassavell characterizes the team as being in “dire need of bench help”, which isn’t an inaccurate depiction of the roster at the moment. Lately, the Padres have been receiving fill-in help from a combination of Austin Hedges, Ty France, and Wil Myers—a group that is hard to feel confident in when Andy Green looks down the bench for a late-inning pinch hitter.

Allen didn’t hit much in his previous time with the Padres, logging a .250/.327/.318 line. His time in Triple-A El Paso, however, has been much more fruitful, as the 25-year-old has mashed competition to the tune of a .330/.379/.663 output.

Yardley, who suppressed hitters to a 2.63 ERA in the PCL this year, was hit pretty hard in his first call-up to San Diego, allowing 3 earned runs in 3 innings of work.