Yesterday's madness had to do with a balk, and ejection, and some very nice power. Today's madness involves injuries, more injuries and a callup.
Cory Spangenberg left last night's game after a head-first dive into first base. He has been diagnosed with a strained quad and has been sent to the 15-day disabled list. Best wishes to the speedy youngster, as his glove and his legs are a big part of the Padres' success in 2016.
Taking his place, and starting in tonight's game, is Jemile Weeks. After lighting up spring training and looking more than decent defensively all over the diamond, many were baffled when he was assigned to Triple-A instead of veteran Adam Rosales. Well, now Weeks gets a chance to make a statement with the big league team.
To make room for Weeks on the 40-man roster, lefty Buddy Baumann has been added to the 60-day DL with a lower back strain. Baumann seemed likely to make the bullpen before spring training, but the injury has prevented him from making a pitch for the Padres organization so far.
Finally, it was announced today that Tyson Ross will undergo an MRI to explore a nagging shoulder issue that has hampered him since spring training. He was clearly not right as he got shelled in his opening day start, and has been on the DL ever since. Projected to be the ace of the Padres' staff, the loss of Ross for any period of time is a major concern around the organization.
With both Solarte and Spangenberg out, and Amarista hobbled with a sore hammy, let's hope that Adam Rosales can keep on denting the Western Metal Supply roof and that Weeks can continue the flash that he showed through spring training. The youngins in the back of the bullpen have been mostly solid, and they will be leaned on heavily with Ross out for the near future.