The Padres on Tuesday announced that starting pitcher Joey Lucchesi has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right hip strain. Carlos Asuaje, who was just demoted to Triple-A El Paso on Monday to make room for Franmil Reyes, is back with the big league club in the corresponding move.
Lucchesi appeared to hurt his leg on an awkward slide into home plate in the bottom of the third inning in Monday night’s game against Colorado.
He continued to pitch afterward, but was removed after allowing two home runs, and three earned runs in five innings. He threw 71 pitches. Manager Andy Green said after the game that, “he’s dealing with things in his legs. I think, overall, he’s going to be fine.”
Lucchesi has thrown 47.1 innings for the Padres this season. Across nine starts, the rookie has posted a 3-2 record with a 3.23 ERA, 48 strikeouts and just 15 walks.
Asuaje has seen his playing time diminish with the Padres over the last few weeks. He’s batting .198 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 106 at-bats.
Mark Sweeney joined Ben & Woods Tuesday morning and shared his thoughts on the young left-hander’s move to the disabled list. Listen here: