Padres News: #SDSocialSummit and Roster News and Notes

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On Saturday morning the San Diego Padres held another #SDSocialSummit. We here at East Village Times were lucky enough to be able to attend the event, and also got some inside information in the process.

I am actually somewhere in that picture. See if you can find me.

We got to meet and talk to new manager Andy Green, new Padres social hour host Mike Janela, color announcer Mark Grant, broadcaster Jesse Agler, as well as Padres vice president of scouting Don Welke, and former big league pitcher and Padres employee Takashi Saito.

During the course of the day, several other roster moves were announced prior to the Padres final exhibition game before Opening Day Monday afternoon.

With the roster moves today, the Padres opening day roster is nearly set. The starting eight has seemed fairly set for the last few weeks, with only bench slots to be decided. With Jabari Blash, Travis Jankowski, and Christian Bethancourt making the team, the Padres now have two remaining roster spots on the bench. Two out of the group of Brett Wallace, Alexi Amarista, Jose Pirela, Jemile Weeks, and Adam Rosales will get those final two slots. Austin Hedges being optioned to Triple-A also doesn’t come as much of a surprise at this point.

As for the pitching side of things, it is still unclear who out of Brandon Morrow, Robbie Erlin, and Colin Rea will get the fifth spot in the rotation after Drew Pomeranz earned the fourth spot earlier in the week. One surprising move for the Padres was the move to keep Luis Perdomo, who many felt would be sent back to St. Louis as a Rule 5 selection. Perdomo still has to stick with the team on the 25-man roster for the entire season, but he will certainly be given a chance to sink or swim in the first part of the season.

As it stands, there is still one bullpen spot to decide, one rotation spot, and the two remaining bench spots. With rosters set to be made official tomorrow morning (9 AM PST), Andy Green and company will likely make those final decisions tonight. Finally, baseball is right around the corner again.

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