Padres making ‘tough decisions’, trim roster to 43

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With Major League Baseball’s Opening Day just around the corner, the San Diego Padres find themselves making tough decisions on players they really like. Just a day after reassigning Josh Naylor to minor league camp and optioning Javy Guerra to minor league camp, the Padres have trimmed their roster to 43 by optioning pticher Luis Perdomo to minor league camp. All three players are likely to land with the El Paso Chihuahuas.

There’s some tough decisions that the big league club is going to have to make, said Chihuahuas manager Edwin Rodriguez. Then again, whoever ends up in El Paso or Double-A, at some point they’re going to be helping the organization.

The hardest decisions are being made with the pitching staff. Over the course of spring training, Padres manager Andy Green noncommittal to how his rotation and bullpen will stack up. As the days have gone by, the pitching picture has become a little more clear, but it has not been easy.

There’s definitely more jobs available, especially as it comes to the rotation, said Green. It hasn’t been tougher though. I think it has been exciting. There’s a lot of young arms that the organization has talked about for a really long time and we finally get to see some of them.

The Padres will set their 25-man roster in the coming days with Opening Day in San Diego on Thursday. The Chihuahuas will return to El Paso for Opening Day the following week on Thursday, April 4.

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