Redding will try for his first victory of the season when the Padres continue their three-game series with the visiting Colorado Rockies.
San Diego is 0-13 with a fifth starter on the mound since the team dealt Ismael Valdez near the trade deadline last season. After Sterling Hitchcock and Justin Germano failed in August and September, Redding was acquired from Houston in the offseason to try to fill the role.
But the right-hander has just added to the problem. Redding has failed to get out of the fourth inning in each of his last two starts, including being reached for six runs and six hits over just 3 1-3 in a 10-3 loss at San Francisco on Thursday
“All I can keep doing is try to stay positive and keep trying to build on things,” Redding said. “Everything goes good in the bullpen, the way my arm feels.”
Redding may need to win to keep his place in the rotation since left-hander Darrell May, who started 31 games for Kansas City last season, has pitched fairly well out of the bullpen.
The Padres handed the Rockies a 5-4 loss on Monday, their sixth straight defeat overall. Adam Hyzdu capped a four-run second inning with a three-run double for San Diego, which has won three of four.
San Diego infielder Geoff Blum was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a bruised chest, leaving Jesse Garcia as the only shortstop on the active roster with Khalil Greene on the DL. The Padres purchased the contract of journeyman Robert Fick from Triple-A Portland.
“Maybe I can turn this around, give this team a little mojo,” Fick said. “I’ve got something for (Brian) Giles. I played with his brother Marcus in Atlanta, and they’re a lot alike.”
Although the Rockies are struggling, they received some good news Monday as shortstop Clint Barmes was named NL rookie of the month for April. Barmes, who went 2-for-5 on Monday, hit .410 in April to become the third player in history to bat at least .400 in March/April.
“When I’ve struggled at times, I couldn’t wait to get to a new month for something like a fresh start,” Barmes said. “But I just want to try to go out and continue to do what I’ve been doing.”
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