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The Padres send Jeff Suppan packing

Jun 1, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

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The fallout from Friday’s Yasmani Grandal promotion has come: the Padres designated Jeff Suppan for assignment prior to their game against the Diamondbacks.

The 37-year-old Suppan started off with two surprisingly strong starts for the Padres, but he was 0-3 in four outings since. Plus, the appearances were getting worse. From first start to last, here’s his earned run count: 0, 1, 2, 4, 5, 6.

Suppan also managed just seven strikeouts in his 30 2/3 innings for San Diego. Even in Petco Park, that’s not going to cut it. He averaged 2.05 strikeouts per nine innings this season. For comparison’s sake, Jamie Moyer was averaging 6.03 K/9 IP for the Rockies before he was cut this week.

Suppan will probably clear waivers, and he could opt to stay with the Padres and report to Triple-A. He’d have a better shot of returning to the majors with them than he would just about anywhere else, even though he’ll likely drop behind the newly signed Jason Marquis in the pecking order.

  1. gloccamorra - Jun 1, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Suppan was never intended to pitch for the Padres. He was signed as AAA filler until prospects in AA moved up, but when eight of twelve starters in Spring Training end up on the DL at once, in three leagues at three levels, he got his chance. Now short a starter, the Padres must have more moves to make.

  2. db105 - Jun 2, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    Time for Jeff to spend more time at Soup’s Sports Grill. Maybe he can tend the bar.

  3. riverace19 - Jun 2, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Great guy, career over. Freaking A the Padres retro uniforms are x10 better than their current generic boredom uni. Time to switch back and channel 1984

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