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Andy Green, the Padres manager, talks about the chances of Mexican Christian Villanueva

By Javier Sedano / @bambino_sedano

SAN DIEGO, California - It has been a season with impressive numbers on his return to Triple-A for Mexican Christian Villanueva, yet he still does not receive a call from the San Diego Padres' big team.

In an interview with Andy Green, the Padres manager, he reveals what he thinks of the Tapatio player and if he sees him soon in the 'Show'.

"He is doing a great job in Triple A playing third and first, I watched him when he was in Double A with Cubs, I was the manager in that league, he has a lot of power in his bat," he said.

SEPTEMBER WOULD BE THE DATE

Currently, the Mexican has 18 homeruns and 66 RBIs being the leader in that department with El Paso Chihuahuas, also stands for .300 in batting average percentage.

"He returned after a fracture in one of his legs, he has struggled with some injuries. If he continues well we could call him in September, "Green said.

Villanueva goes through his third team in the league, after he joined the Texas Rangers organization in 2009, in 2012 he came to the Chicago Cubs in a change that involved Kyle Hendricks by closer Ryan Dempster. This 2017 arrived with the squad of California, after chosen in the free agency.

However, in 2016 had no activity with Chicago due to a fracture suffered in his left ankle in the middle of Spring Training.

MUCH COMPETITION

The Padres are the worst team in all of Major League Baseball with a ridiculous .235 in batting average, plus they are penultimate in the West Division of the National League with mark of 48-58.

"He probably will get called because he's having a great year in Triple A, but wether he's ready or not is going to depend on the opportunities on the big team. Spangenberg is playing great third, Yangervis came back, we have several players in that position."

"We are very aware of all that we have in the organization and yes, he has been part of our talks."

In September the rosters extend up to 28 players per team, this was last modified in the last collective agreement between MLB and the MLBPA.

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