Green takes exception to Kemp comment

Green takes exception to Kemp comment

SAN DIEGO -- Padres manager Andy Green read Matt Kemp's address to Braves fans in the Player's Tribune and said he appreciated Kemp's sentiment and his candor. Green says he'll be cheering for Kemp from afar -- that is, until the Padres and Braves meet at the end of August.

But Green did take exception to something his former right fielder said.

Kemp, who was dealt to Atlanta on Saturday for Hector Olivera, told MLB.com's Mark Bowman, "I've never really played in a baseball town before. So, I am excited about that."

"That one bothers me," Green said. "In a sense, too, because they're going through the same things in Atlanta, and there's more people showing up here right now. So this is a baseball town. It's a baseball town that's hungry for a winner, and I understand that. I don't think there's going to be anything more gratifying than, in time, when we deliver that."

Indeed, the Padres' average attendance of 28,910 per game ranks 16th in baseball, while the Braves are drawing an average of 23,200, good for 25th.

Green was quick to defend San Diego's status as a baseball town, but noted that -- like anywhere -- fan involvement ebbs and flows with results on the field.

"Where we are right now, it's not fun from a fan's perspective, and understandably so," Green said. "You wait a long time to have a winner on the field here in San Diego, you pay money to come here. There's still 20-some thousand plus fans here everyday. We're playing the Brewers on a Monday night after the Trade Deadline after a lot of our guys are gone, and there's still a good crowd cheering us on and with us every step of the way."

Amarista to the DL with hamstring strain

The Padres placed utility man Alexi Amarista on the disabled list Tuesday afternoon with a strained left hamstring, recalling shortstop Jose Rondon.

Rondon had just been optioned to Triple-A on Monday, when Yangervis Solarte returned from the family leave list.

As was the case this weekend, Green said Rondon will likely continue to receive regular time as long as he's on the roster. That means Alexei Ramirez will play only sporadically.

"As things have changed near the Trade Deadline, it became somewhat obvious that we were going to move it in a younger direction," Green said. "... When the young guys are here, we're going to get them on the field pretty consistently."

Ramirez has struggled for much of the season, batting .236 with a .591 OPS entering play Tuesday. His -2.1 WAR is the lowest in baseball.

"I don't think he liked it; I wouldn't expect him to," Green said of Ramirez. "He's a competitor who absolutely loves to play baseball. He's been on the field his whole life and knows nothing but being an everyday baseball player. I think it's a tough thing to hear and a tough thing to adjust to, and I completely respect that."

Worth noting

Travis Jankowski was given credit for two steals on one play Monday night, after official scorer Bill Zavestoski changed his ruling. On the play, Jankowski stole third, but the trail runner, Wil Myers, was hung up in a rundown. That's when Jankowski swiped home, which was initially ruled a fielder's choice.

With Jankowski's steal, the Padres have now stolen home three times this season -- with Myers having done so on Sunday and Melvin Upton Jr. having done so on June 3.

"That's just taking advantage on the defense and using my tools," Jankowski said. "I'm always trying to put pressure on the defense and stay aggressive."

Jankowski's heads-up baserunning

• The Padres and 19-year-old Cuban right-hander Ronald Bolanos have agreed to a $2.25 million deal, a source told MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. The club has not yet confirmed the news, and the deal is pending a physical.

Bolanos is ranked No. 20 on MLB.com's list of the top 30 international prospects. Eight of those youngsters have already signed with the Padres during this signing period.

• Right-hander Cal Quantrill, the Padres' first pick in the Draft, has been promoted to Class A short season Tri-City and will make his debut Thursday. In June, Quantrill was the No. 8 overall selection out of Stanford University. He had been pitching in the Arizona Rookie League, where he struck out 16 while allowing eight earned runs over 13 2/3 innings.

AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.