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Travis Wood Solid in Debut, Espinoza Update

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Travis Wood Solid in Debut

One of three new additions from the Royals in a recent trade, Travis Wood delivered a great first start for the Padres. The southpaw pitched six scoreless innings, letting up two runs on two hits while striking out seven. The Friars won the game 3-2 with Brad Hand picking up his sixth save of the year.

Hopefully for the Padres, Wood can continue to pitch well down the stretch. With San Diego, he will most likely see his longest extended time as part of a starting rotation since his time with the Chicago Cubs two seasons ago. After signing with the Royals with the offseason, Wood has pitched almost entirely out of the bullpen.

Wood started a couple of games for Kansas City before being traded, but had not gone six innings in a game since April of 2015. Wood’s next start will most likely be against the Pirates once again, this time in PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

Anderson Espinoza Update

Espinoza came to the Padres last year via the trade that sent Drew Pomeranz to the Boston Red Sox.  The 6’0 right handed pitcher has three average to above-average pitches and profiles as a possible front of the line starter in the future. In addition to his 93-96 MPH fastball, Espinoza began full-season minor league baseball at just 17  while still in the Red Sox organization. Though he hadn’t pitched this year, the padres expected him to play with the Padres A-Ball Affiliate as a 19 year old.

Unfortunately for Espinoza and the Padres, he now needs Tommy John Surgery and will be out for the rest of the year and a good part of next season as well. The right-hander had not pitched the entirety of the season so far due to forearm tightness early on. However, he had begun throwing with the goal of pitching before season’s end. According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune (via Twitter), Espinoza felt discomfort during his most recent bullpen and after further examinations by the team, the diagnosis of a torn UCL ligament was announced.

Espinoza is still only 19 and has plenty of time to come back from TJ surgery. The Padres can still hope to have him contribute one day in the majors even with this setback so early in his developmental process in the minor leagues.