Guardians acquire right-hander Pedro Avila in trade with Padres for cash

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Pedro Avila throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a spring training baseball game Tuesday, March 5, 2024, in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Cleveland Guardians acquired right-hander Pedro Avila from the Padres on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, for cash. (AP/Ross D. Franklin, File)

The Cleveland Guardians acquired right-hander Pedro Avila from the San Diego Padres on Wednesday for cash.

The 27-year-old Avila was used in different roles last season with the Padres. He went 2-2 with a 3.22 ERA in 14 games over two stints for San Diego.

The Guardians, who are off to a 12-5 start, said Avila will not be active Wednesday against the Red Sox but he’s expected to join the team’s major league roster in the next few days.

Cleveland’s pitching staff has been dealing with injuries and Avila’s versatility gives the club some needed depth. Avila opened the season with the Padres before being designated for assignment on April 12.

Also, the Guardians said shortstop Angel Martínez underwent surgery on a fractured left hamate bone.

Martinez recently broke his hand on a rehab assignment. The 22-year-old, who is considered one of the Guardians’ top prospects, is not expected to return to games for approximately six weeks.

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