Leading Majors in walks a positive for Schimpf

Leading Majors in walks a positive for Schimpf

ATLANTA -- Almost nothing about Ryan Schimpf's game is conventional. He's a 5-foot-9 infielder with immense power. He hits the ball in the air more often than any other player (and it's really not that close).

But even by Schimpf's standards, his numbers this season are outliers, specifically when it comes to plate discipline. Schimpf has as many homers as singles (two apiece) -- and nearly three times as many walks as hits combined. Those 11 free passes are tied for most in the Major Leagues. 

"I would like to be squaring up a few more balls," said Schimpf before going 0-for-4 with one strikeout and no walks in the Padres' 4-2 loss to the Braves on Saturday. "But as for the walks, I feel good and I'm seeing the ball well. You always ha've to try and take the positives. If you're walking, you're seeing the ball well. I'll take that right now over having a low average with not so many walks."

Schimpf hasn't gotten many pitches to hit this season. Through 11 games, no Padres hitter had seen more pitches outside of the strike zone. To further solidify Schimpf's immaculate eye, no Padres regular has swung at fewer of those pitches.

That said, Schimpf still doesn't feel as though he's found his groove at the plate. He's hitting only .129, and one of those hits was an infield single.

But Schimpf isn't ever one to compensate by changing his approach.

"You just keep telling yourself you're seeing the ball well," Schimpf said. "Keep doing the same thing, and it's going to come. You always want to take something positive away. I'm seeing the ball well and being patient. ... You're doing something to put things in motion for the team to get something going, and right now, the only thing that matters is what the team's doing."

Perdomo on the mend

Luis Perdomo played catch at 120 feet before Saturday's game. If all goes according to plan, the ailing right-hander could throw off a mound before the Padres leave Atlanta.

Perdomo is battling shoulder inflammation, and was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday. The Padres wouldn't set a specific timetable for his return, given the unpredictable nature of shoulder injuries. But they're optimistic that he'll be back this month.

"We're hopeful he's not too far behind his 10 days to return to the active roster," Padres manager Andy Green said.

Capps to El Paso

Righty reliever Carter Capps will join Triple-A El Paso on Sunday after a pair of scoreless rehab outings for Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore.

Capps is recovering from March 2016 Tommy John surgery. Before he returns to the big league level, the Padres would like him to go through his regular relief routine in the Minors for at least a week.

"He's going to be available out of their bullpen, much like he would be out of our bullpen," Green said. "When we feel like he needs a day [off], he'll have a day. When we feel like he needs to pitch back-to-back, he'll pitch back-to-back. We'll take care of him health-wise, but we need to start getting him in the flow of pitching like it's the regular season."

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