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Wednesday, August 22, 2018 7:40 pm

MacKenzie Gore on DL, Hunter Jarmon promoted

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

There has been a shakeup in the TinCaps' pitching rotation for the second consecutive day. On Tuesday, left-hander Osvaldo Hernandez went on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Today, it was MacKenzie Gore's turn. Gore, the No. 2 prospect in the Padres' farm system and one of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball, was placed on the 7-day disabled list with what was termed a "fingernail issue."

The trip to the DL is Gore's third of the season. His first two were the result of blisters on his pitching hand, but the fingernail issue is new. Gore had been healthy since mid-June and had pitched reasonably well since then, with a few truly dominant starts thrown in. He's stumbled of late, however, getting shelled in two of his last three starts, including his most recent appearance Monday when the 2017 No. 3 overall pick surrendered four runs on six hits (including two home runs) in just 3 2/3 innings. 

In addition to Gore's DL stint, the TinCaps are also losing 23-year-old outfielder Hunter Jarmon. The Padres promoted Jarmon, who played wide receiver at Oregon State before deciding to go pro in baseball, to High-A Lake Elsinore after he'd played just seven games in Fort Wayne. The San Diego front office has clearly seen something they like in Jarmon, who is a plus defender with a good arm. He struggled at the plate with the TinCaps, hitting just .150 without a home run. 

In order to get the Fort Wayne roster back to 25, the Padres sent two players from different levels to the TinCaps. Pitcher Gabe Mosser, a 22-year-old right-hander, will pitch out of the bullpen for Fort Wayne after going 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA in 16 appearances out of the bullpen with short-season Tri-City. Mosser is a strikeout pitcher, whiffing 41 and walking only seven in 30 1/3 innings pitched since his pro career began in June. 

The other new TinCap will be catcher Michael Cantu, who comes to Fort Wayne from Lake Elsinore. Cantu is a defense-first catcher who went undrafted in 2017 after playing college ball at Texas. He hasn't hit much in his pro career, either, striking out in a third of his plate appearances at High-A, but he adds another catcher to the TinCaps roster with Juan Fernandez on the disabled list. 

The TinCaps are on the road in Michigan taking on the Great Lakes Loons tonight.

dsinn@jg.net