Padres outfielder to be re-examined next week after rehab shut down
By Joe Trezza
NEW YORK -- Shut down from a rehab program that saw him hitting off the tee as recently as Friday, outfielder Wil Myers won't swing for five or six days after an examination of his injured left wrist revealed little more than "general soreness," assistant general manager Fred Uhlman Jr. said Tuesday.
Myers will continue therapy and be re-examined early next week, after which it will be determined if he can resume baseball activities. The Padres were hopeful Myers could rejoin the team on this current 10-game road trip, which began Tuesday against the Mets at Citi Field. That looks unlikely now, as San Diego pledged to be careful with Myers following this minor setback from June wrist surgery.
"We're going to be cautious," Uhlman Jr. said. "We're hoping the soreness will be calmed down by then and we can get him right back on track."
Acquired from the Rays in the offseason, Myers has played just 35 games, and just three since May 10. The Padres don't want to rush Myers back because of the delicate nature of the injury. His left wrist accounts for the base hand of his often powerful swing.
"It's like a sprinter's legs," interim manager Pat Murphy said. "He's a big guy that our lineup has been missing. ... It's just a slight setback."
• Uhlman said right-hander Brandon Morrow hovered around 91-94 mph with his fastball during his first rehab start following shoulder inflammation. Morrow is scheduled to make his second rehab start Thursday for Triple-A El Paso, and at least one more after that.
"When I talked to him Sunday, he said he felt fine," Uhlman said. "He said he was generally tired, like he normally would be."
• Infielder Cory Spangenberg will be reevaluated Friday or Saturday, and he could rejoin the Padres towards the end of the road trip. He's been on the disabled list since June 28 with a left knee contusion. He will continue to rehab in Arizona.
Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.