Padres News: Alexi Amarista to the Disabled List

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The latest San Diego Padres player to require a D.L. stint is Alexi Amarista. The speedy utility player injured his hamstring and will be sidelined retroactive to Wednesday (4-20). The move clears room for Cesar Vargas who will make his major league debut tonight against the Cardinals.

A tough break for Amarista who had been swinging a great bat since returning from Triple-A El Paso. Amarista was 7-21 (.333) since returning and has looked much better at the plate. Amarista always pulled off the ball too much for being a small hitter. He has made the adjustment and recently had been using the whole field. Padres fans will surely hope he keeps that approach once he returns from his D.L. stint.

The Padres called up Jose Pirela yesterday and he will fill Amarista’s spot as a utility player off the bench for the Padres. Pirela looked good in his first at bat as a Padre when he laced a double into the left center field gap last night against the Cardinals. He has the ability to hit the fastball and will be used off the bench as a pinch hitter for now. Pirela has the ability to play third base, second base, first base and corner outfield. He will be useful to manager Andy Green is many different scenarios.

The Padres have now lost five players to injury already this season. Yangervis Solarte, Tyson Ross, Cory Spangenberg and Robbie Erlin have all gone down and now Amarista makes five disabled Padres. The team will have to regroup and rely on its organizational depth to provide relief until the disabled bodies heal.

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