On Friday night we all got a little scare when it looked like Derek Norris had hurt himself while defending home plate against Asdrubal Cabrera. After all, the Padres have already suffered too many injuries to count this season and it's only been a little over a month. Thankfully Norris had just tweaked his hip a bit and he got right back into the game with no other issues.
Unfortunately, that isn't the case with Jemile Weeks. The second baseman had to exit the 7th inning of last night's game after suffering a right hamstring
sprain strain while running to first base on a sacrifice bunt. Weeks would have probably reached the bag safely and put runners on first and second for the Padres, but about 3/4 of the way down the line he pulled up and went down for the count, pounding the ground in frustration/pain. He was met on the field with a trainer and was led back to the dugout and into the clubhouse. You can watch the video of the play here.
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 7: Jemile Weeks #8 of the San Diego Padres is helped off the field by Andy Green and a trainer during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at PETCO Park on May 7, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
Most people suspected from the looks of the incident, that it was a pulled hamstring, but I think everyone was trying to hold on to any last shred of hope that it wasn't as serious as it looked. But following the game last night, Padres manager Andy Green told media that it was looking like a DL stint was in Weeks' immediate future, and today it became official.
.@Padres recall INF/OF Jose Pirela from Triple-A El Paso; place INF Jemile Weeks (right hamstring strain) on 15-day DL.— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) May 8, 2016
The Friars are already weak in the infield after injuries to Cory Spangenberg (for whom Weeks was originally called up to replace), Yangervis Solarte, and Alexi Amarista.
Weeks injury pushes #Padres infield to breaking point defensively as well as offensively. Little offense at second. Pirela not really INF.— Bill Center (@PadresCentral) May 8, 2016
To put a positive spin on all of this, while the Padres have had to work with a roster that is less than ideal lately, they've still been finding ways to win. They'll just have to keep doing that, and hopefully this will be the last injury news we have to hear for a long time.
Not to mention the opportunity that's been made available for the 26-year-old Jose Pirela, who rejoins the team from Triple-A El Paso. While Rosales is expected to be the primary second baseman in Weeks' absense, Pirela gets another shot to impress at the big league level. During his brief stint with the club last month, he appeared in four games off the bench and went 1-for-5 with a double. In El Paso this year he's been hitting .294 with nine extra-base hits under his belt.
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