Wil Myers has been placed on the 15-day DL by the San Diego Padres for left wrist tendinitis, retroactive to May 11. He will be greatly missed in the Padres line-up.
Myers missed significant time while playing with the Tampa Bay Rays last season after he collided with Desmond Jennings during the 10th inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox on July 9 at Fenway Park. The collision resulted in a right wrist fracture for Myers.
But now, the man whom General Manager A.J. Preller acquired back in December to be the Padres’ everyday center fielder now has been diagnosed with tendinitis in his left wrist. He originally hurt the wrist with a head first slide on May 10 vs the Arizona Diamond Backs. Mother’s day no less.
Myers aggravated his wrist during batting practice before a game against the Seattle Mariners on May 12 at Safeco Field in Seattle. Myers was scratched from the lineup, and was sent back to San Diego the following day.
At first, this seemed like a non-issue, as Padres Manager Bud Black told MLB.com that Myers would only be out for 3-4 days. However, Myers’ wrist hasn’t improved, and now he will sit on the DL until at least May 26.
Myers is hitting .291 this season and is slugging .491 with five home runs, 10 doubles and one triple. He also leads the team in runs scored with 28.
Myers absence from the lineup is just another issue with an offense that has shown flashes of being potent, but has mostly been stagnant as of late.
Outfielders Will Venable Abraham Almonte will pick up the slack in the outfield until Myers can return. However, Myers moved to first base before the injury, filling the role after Yonder Alonso went to the DL. Yangervis Solarte will be the starting first baseman when the team hosts the Chicago Cubs on May 19, and will probably stay there until Myers or Alonso can return.