Jun 29, 2011 – Donavan Tate has spent most of his professional career sidelined with injuries, but now the toolsy Padres prospect will sit out 50 games due to his second offense against MLB’s drug of abuse policy. Tate’s suspension means that, more than two years after he was drafted, he will have been banned from more games than he has actually played — the 20-year-old has just 42 games and 183 plate appearances to his credit in professional ball. The time he has missed (and now this drug suspension) make him the most disappointing Padres prospect in recent memory, but those with deeper recollection will remember that this is just the exclamation point on a 14-year stretch of letdowns from the first round of the draft for San Diego.
SAN DIEGO — Catcher Nick Hundley wasn’t in the Padres’ starting lineup on Wednesday against the Royals, missing his fourth consecutive game after he had fluid buildup in his right elbow from irritating a tendon.
In a tight, wait-and-see trade market, the San Diego Padres are one of the few potential sellers already engaging in early and serious trade discussions. The Padres have several valuable pieces, and executives who have spoken to them say they are being very aggressive. San Diego has even shown a willingness to at least engage in trade talk even about a star young reliever such as Mike Adams, whose 0.65 WHIP, $2.5-million salary and inability to become a free agent until after the 2012 season would bring a haul.
SAN DIEGO — Rookie Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run single, Tim Stauffer won consecutive starts for the first time this year and the San Diego Padres beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1 on Wednesday for their first sweep this season.