Blash Returns to Padres

Slugging outfielder traded back to San Diego

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Jabari Blash is going to stay with the San Diego Padres.

The power-hitting outfielder who made the team as a Rule 5 draftee out of Spring Training was designated for assignment and offered back to his original team, the Mariners, last week. But Seattle and San Diego were able to come to an agreement on a trade on Wednesday. The Padres get Blash back in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Blash led the Padres in home runs in Cactus League play but only started three games with the big club. He was hitting .120 with 13 strikeouts in mostly pinch-hitting situations. Blash has been assigned to Triple-A El Paso and will be eligible for a call-up if the Padres need more outfielders.

Also on Wednesday the Friars reinstated Alexi Amarista from the 15-day Disabled List. Amarista suffered a hamstring strain in late April. To make room on the 25-man roster the Padres optioned right-handed reliever Tayron Guerrero to El Paso. Guerrero made his MLB debut in Tuesday night’s loss to the Giants, allowing one run in 2.0 innings of work.

Amarista is not in the lineup for Wednesday night’s game against San Francisco at Petco Park.

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