Padres captain Chris Bequette has been moved to the Disabled List after suffering a pulled muscle in his lower back earlier this week. The Padres will likely turn to Gateway rookie Julian Branham for relief this weekend. Branham filled in for Lucas Voelker during a large portion of the season, while Voelker was out with a serious stress fracture. In fact, Voelker had only returned on August 15, making it only two weeks that the Padres played together as a team since their first stint with the DL early in the season.
Branham may only be a temporary solution, however, as the September Call-Ups will be made before the game on September 5th. If the Padres do pick up Branham as their call up, they would be left shorthanded until Bequette was able to return. According to the GBC rule on September Call-Ups, the Padres will not be able to use fill in players once the call ups have taken place. All of this leaves the Padres in a tight spot entering the last month of the regular season. Hopes remain the Chris Bequette will make a quick recovery, and a full, healthy, 4-person team will be ready for the Postseason.