Taylor Rogers removed as Padres approaches

SAN DIEGO – The Padres family are shaking things up at the back end of their disc. Right now, Taylor Rogers is no longer any closer than them. In fact, now, no one.
Director Bob Melvin said before opening Friday’s series with the Twins that he will take a closer approach to each committee, this decision coming after Rogers’ back-to-back saves in Detroit this week. Melvin was quick to add that he’s optimistic Rogers will return to the closest role later this season.
“We’ll probably give him a little break from that role,” Melvin said. “Our best team is with him to finish. What is it? [Tied for first] In the league in saves? So he did some good work there. … We wouldn’t be where we are this year without him.”
This decision – which comes significantly four days before the trade deadline – has ripple effects in the short and long term. Here’s what it means:
Who gets the ninth?
The Padres have a number of quality sticks, but Rogers is the only softener on their active roster with experience in handling the ninth inning. He has 28 saves already this season, and tied with Milwaukee’s Josh Hader for the most league hits to come into play on Friday. In the meantime, I collect the rest of Baderes’ active Pulp points for a total of 13 career path career path Memorizes.
As such, the ninth inning is pretty much TBD.
“I usually start at nine and try to work backwards,” Melvin said. “It’s not going to happen that way. So we’ll see how we get there and try to match as best we can in the end.”
Here are some two file options:
• After Rogers, Luis Garcia’s eight saves during his career are the most saves of anyone on Padres’ active playing field. It has been sharp recently, after it posted a 2.16 ERA in July.
• Nabil Crismatt has been Padres’ most reliable offload this season, with a 2.60 ERA and 2.94 FIP, although Crismatt has only recently been promoted to the high leverage role.
Left-hander Adrian Morejon has the electric stuff to handle the turn, and if the Padres are really playing games in the nines, Morejon is the obvious choice when the Padres face powerful left-handed hitters.
• Right-handed Nick Martinez was put on the paternity list on Friday, but he’s made four saves this season (although most of them are from a variety on the back).
Could the Padres trade for closer?
It is definitely on the table. San Diego has been active in researching potential relief assistance — and that was true even before Rogers’ struggles surfaced earlier this month.
However, the truth is that there are not many real relief tools available in the commercial market. As with Padres’ interior options, there are levers available. But the ninth inning will be a question mark for almost all of them.
So, while it’s entirely possible that the Padres will trade a savior before the deadline, they are unlikely to deal with a man who might immediately enter the ninth inning.
The most likely way forward is by the commission in the short term. Then, in the long run, perhaps Rogers will get his role back. Or perhaps fellow Southpaw Drew Pomeranz will return from injury and display the dominant things that have led him to a 1.60 ERA in his 47th appearance since signing with the Padres before the 2020 season.
On that front: Pomeranians introduced another simulation game on Friday, which increased his workload a bit — throwing 26 shots and facing six hitters. If all goes well, he can start a rehab job in the very near future.
What’s next for Rogers?
At the moment, the 29-year-old left-footed player will have lower leverage opportunities. Melvin wasn’t wrong in promoting Rogers’ event for most of the season. It has posted 2.84 PM as of June. That number has since jumped to 4.35, and Rogers has blasted four of his last 10 save chances.
“This is a really difficult role to struggle in, because everyone feels it,” Melvin said. “But up until this point recently, it’s been good for us.”
It’s likely that Rogers will get a favorable turn of the left and right going forward. It is unlikely that he will be promptly pushed into the eighth prep role in a close match. Padres instead prefers to get Rogers back on track with a less obvious look or two, before rebuilding it toward the backend.
“It’s just a break,” Melvin said. “This is probably the hardest role there is in baseball, because when you have a bad day, you lose. Sometimes you just need a break from that.”

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