The San Diego Padres have been hit by the injury bug hard in recent weeks. The loss of Yonder Alonso, Brandon Morrow and Wil Myers has taken its toll on the team. Each are important cogs to the well operated machine A.J. Preller constructed in the off-season. During their absence the team has had a lost look about them. Josh Johnson can also help the team once he finally returns from injury.
Of the three players Yonder Alonso seems the most likely to return the soonest. He is currently scheduled to go on a rehab assignment Wednesday. Yonder is with the team and participating in full baseball activities. Alonso told me himself he was targeting this weekend’s series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and it appears he is right on track. Alonso was hitting .333 on the season and his left-handed bat has been sorely missed.
Brandon Morrow sidelined with right shoulder inflammation, is to throw a simulated game on Thursday at Petco Park. That will be the next step in his return and he is still likely a couple of weeks from returning at best case scenario. During his absence Odrisamer Despaigne has been getting roughed up and the Padres need a more consistent effort from their #5 starter. Once Morrow returns, Despaigne will go back to being the long-reliever for the Padres.
Wil Myers who might be the most important missing piece is scheduled to return back to San Diego on Tuesday to have his left wrist examined. He will be coming back to San Diego to have some scans and tests on his wrist. The scans will be compared to previous scans, to determine the rate of healing. This does not sound like Myers will be returning anytime soon. His return is likely weeks away, and the Padres might have him rehab in the minors for a couple of games. A wrist injury like Myers has can be very delicate and you definitely do not want to rush the young slugger back before he is ready.
Another injured Padres player is Josh Johnson who is trying to return from Tommy John surgery. Johnson has a bit of a neck issue and is taking a break from his throwing program. He is a month or two away from being able to throw every five days. The big right hander has had a long road back from injury and the Padres are likely to take their time with him. He might provide a nice starting pitcher for the team in the second half of the season. For now, we can only hope he is finally over his injury issues.
Each of these four players are indeed important members of the San Diego Padres. Each will surely be on the 25 man roster, and that leads to questions on who will be sent down to create space for them. It is surely a great problem to have. The team is in a bit of a tailspin, but with their talented roster, they can turn it around.