Padres News: Jay Has Broken Arm, Padres Claim Another Pitcher Off Waivers

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It what has been a disastrous 2016 season, yet another San Diego Padres injury has hit the team. Outfielder and veteran left-handed hitter, Jon Jay will be out 6-8 weeks with the broken forearm. He was struck by a pitch on June 19 against the Washington National when Gio Gonzalez went up and in with a fastball. Jay came out of that game and went on the Padres six-game road trip but failed to play in any games due to lingering soreness.

Early indication was that is was just a bad bone bruise but a CT scan on Tuesday confirmed the break. Jay will be re evaluated in three weeks. This is horrible news for the Padres as they were actively shopping the veteran with the trade deadline approaching next month. Jay is in the last year of his contract and the team reportedly had many suitors for him. Travis Jankowski will now get full-time action in center field and the Padres will have an excellent opportunity to analyze this young man.

The Padres also signed a relief pitcher as Paul Clemens was claimed off waivers from the Miami Marlins. The right-handed reliever is not exactly a prospect, but he could be serviceable in the right situation. Clemens is 28 and has three years of major league service time. In that time he has amassed a 5-8 record with a 5.58 ERA in 108 innings pitched. In his 50 major league appearances he has made seven starts. He features four different pitches (fastball, curve, slider and change), but none are considered above average. He needs to hit his spots and find consistency in order to be successful at the major league level.

A.J. Preller is certainly on the look-out for talent as he has already claimed Hector Sanchez, Brad Hand, Dan Straily and Keith Hessler this season in waiver moves. It remains to be seen if Clemens can stick on the team or if he is just being claimed in order to provide organizational depth. The team may ellect to try and sneak him through waivers. With a career minor league ERA of 4.57, I am skeptical that Clemens can be useful for the Padres. Hopefully Darren Balsley will be able to get production from this big right hander. Only time will tell.

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