Cliff Floyd is here, so now what? …
It finally happened on Saturday: The Padres activated Cliff Floyd from the disabled list. I joke a little here because this is something we’ve been talking about since Opening Day, really, and especially the last few when it became apparent he was getting closer.
So, Floyd is here and, probably will get an at-bat tonight in the role the Padres intended to use him when they signed him to a one-year, $750,000 contact in early February. Drew Macias, as I’ve said countless times here, a player I like, was sent back to Portland.
Hey, I love Portland as well, but Macias has probably seen enough of the Rose City to last him for a while. I think he’ll be back at some point. He’s certainly showed he can play at his level.
As for Floyd, Padres manager Bud Black said Saturday that there won’t be any limitations in how he’s used, though don’t expect to see him in the field. The Padres would likely turn to Chris Burke and Edgar Gonzalez to see time in the outfield in a pinch before asking Floyd to do so.
As for Floyd, his knee, the one that needed draining last month, is playable. There is still pain there but it’s not anything that will prevent him from swinging the bat or turning on a ball. He’s dealing with it and likely will for a while.
The hope, of course, is that Floyd can provide a little thunder off the bench for the Padres. I can see him getting one at-bat a night and, when the Padres head to Anaheim for Interleague play on June 12, he’ll likely be the designated hitter.
What does Floyd have left? Will he be an upgrade over Tony Clark, who essentially filled this role a year ago until the Padres traded him back to Arizona after the All-Star break. I know there are those who would have preferred that Macias stayed. I can’t argue against that.
So what are your thoughts? Do you want to see a week of Floyd before passing judgment? Or would you have preferred Macias stayed and got the at-bats Floyd is going to get?