The San Diego Padres Double-A affiliate, the San Antonio Missions, tweeted out on Wednesday that a new roster addition would be coming this morning.
Rumor has it we have a new roster addition coming on Friday night— San Antonio Missions Baseball (@missionsmilb) June 1, 2022
This made fans, including myself, reply to the team’s tweet with their predictions of which player was going to be promoted since the team said a “roster addition” was coming. The obvious choice (it seemed) was Robert Hassell lll, who’s hitting .305 this season with 15 stolen bases and six homers as a member of the Padres High-A affiliate.
Padres prospect Robert Hassell lll was not in Fort Wayne’s lineup tonight https://t.co/epWjQwLfcJ— Talking Friars (@talkingfriars) June 3, 2022
Hassell getting called up?— Henry (@Henry25136392) June 1, 2022
Bobby Barrels?— thatsecurityguy (@mikerod_sd) June 1, 2022
Hassell ended up not getting called up. In fact, there was no player called up at all. A freaking taco was called up.
Henry is Back!!! Come out to the Wolff tonight as The Legend Henry The Puffy Taco makes his first return to the field since 2019!!!! https://t.co/hRNtzCoQmC— San Antonio Missions Baseball (@missionsmilb) June 3, 2022
Henry the Puffy Taco is a mascot who runs on the field during games. There have been games where the Missions have even played as the Puffy Taco’s. The word is he’s beloved in San Antonio but I don’t think it was very funny to Padres fans because they got their hopes up just to find out that no player was even being called up and the guy they thought was getting called up is going to be out for ten days (COVID).
Padres prospect Robert Hassell lll has not been promoted to Double-A. He was just placed on Fort Wayne's Covid List— Talking Friars (@talkingfriars) June 3, 2022