This afternoon, the Padres announced that they’d be recalling Carter Capps from El Paso, and sending reliever Buddy Baumann down to Triple-A. Capps will be joining the team on the current road trip, which continues today against the Cincinnati Reds.
Capps was acquired, along with Jarred Cosart and Josh Naylor, from the Miami Marlins last year in a trade that also involved Andrew Cashner and Tayron Guerrero. Infamously, Colin Rea was initially involved in that deal to the Marlins, but was sent back to the Padres due to a discrepancy in his medical records, and the Padres returned prospect Luis Castillo to Miami.
Undergoing Tommy John surgery in March of 2016, Capps began throwing bullpen sessions in Spring Training of this year, and did rehab starts with the Lake Elsinore Storm and El Paso Chihuahuas in April. He stopped in May, and according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, returned to Arizona to hone his mechanics. You may recall that Major League Baseball came out with a rule during Spring Training that basically outlawed Capps’ delivery, so trying to help him “get legal” has been a focus of his rehab.
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His delivery doesn’t seem to be radically different from 2015, and there have been instances where umpires have called him on multiple illegal pitches in a single outing. However, none of those has been recently, so either his delivery is legal now, it’s still illegal, but they stopped calling it.
Since getting off to a rocky start this season (a 6.43 ERA with six hits, six walks, and eight strikeouts in his first seven innings in April), he has settled in, posting a 1.31 ERA with 22 strikeouts against five walks since the beginning of June. It doesn’t seem like the velocity is what it was before the surgery, but it seems like his control may where it needs to be. Padres fans will soon see how close he is to regaining the form that he showed in 2015
Baumann returns to the minors after serving primarily as a LOOGY for San Diego, throwing 3.2 innings in eight outings this year. He had a perfect ERA until yesterday, when he allowed a walkoff home run to Sean Rodriguez of the Pittsburgh Pirates.