The San Diego Padres have been struggling to replenish their bullpen after left-handed starting pitcher Clayton Richard was forced out of Friday’s contest with pain in his throwing shoulder. Richard left the game after tossing two pitches, which forced the Padres to use four pitchers to record the win.
San Diego recalled relief pitcher Tommy Layne in order to inject life into the bullpen. It was the organization’s third move in three days in an attempt to give the relievers some help. In six appearances with the Padres this season, the left-hander posted a 0-1 record with a 1.59 earned run average and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Even though Layne pitched well for San Diego in the short time he was with the team, the organization decided it was best to keep him pitching in the minors to stay fresh. With that being said, if he can put forth a solid performance again over his next few outings, it is certainly possible that the Padres will decide to keep him up for good. Not to mention, the bullpen has not been exactly been top notch this season.
The group of relievers ranks third to last in the National League with a 4.10 bullpen ERA. They have also blown 10 saves, posted a .260 opponent’s batting average and surrendered a league-high 316 earned runs.
Hopefully, Layne will be a breath of fresh air so that the bullpen can get back on track. However, they will need the starters to eat up some innings in order for that to happen.