In a move that probably doesn't surprise anyone, the Padres are placing Wil Myers on the 15-day DL, retroactive to May 11th. The outfielder / first baseman hasn't played since May 10th, when he first started to feel discomfort in his left wrist after sliding into third base. He was scratched from the lineup on May 12th after aggravating the injury during batting practice and had been listed as day-to-day since then.
On May 13th, while the team was in Seattle to face the Mariners, Myers returned to San Diego to see a hand specialist and receive a cortisone shot. He was reported to have tendinitis in his left wrist, but Buddy Black assured that the diagnosis was positive and that Myers would be ready to return to the lineup in three or four days, and reports that Myers had taken grounders on Saturday and hit the batting cage on Sunday allowed us to keep our hopes up.
But his anticipated return date - today - brought the news that Myers would be placed on the DL instead and the Padres will have to do without his offense for a while longer. Prior to this injury, Myers was hitting .291 with a .833 OPS, five homers, 19 RBI, and three stolen bases.
Bud Black says Wil Myers wasn't progressing enough..."He needs rest, the tendon needs rest... There's no timetable for his return."— Marty Caswell (@MartyCaswell) May 19, 2015
In a corresponding move, reliever Cory Mazzoni was recalled from Triple-A El Paso for his second big league stint this season. The right-hander pitched two innings in relief his first time up back in April, allowing six earned runs. In 12 appearances (17 1/3 innings) for the Chihuahuas, Mazzoni has kept opponents to two earned runs while posting a 0.577 WHIP.
#Padres kicked around idea of bringing a position player up with Myers DL but felt they needed an extra arm. Could still happen, though.— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) May 19, 2015
With Yonder Alonso already on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, the otherwise outfielder Myers had been spending time - and finding success - at first base. Since he's been out, the Padres have used Yangervis Solarte, Will Middlebrooks, and Abraham Almonte at first. Solarte will be making the start there tonight when the Padres play host to the Cubs at Petco Park.