The San Diego Padres had a crazy Monday morning, as manager Bud Black was let go after eight plus seasons as the team’s manager. Black was secretive when speaking about Wil Myers and his availability in Sundays game. He started to speak about why Myers didn’t pinch hit or play then he back peddled out of the statement leaving some speculation that Myers had been traded or was hurt.
Well Wil Myers was not dealt, and his troublesome left wrist has once again become an issue for the 24-year-old slugger. Tendonitis in that wrist has once again forced the slugger to the disabled list. At this point, after only playing three games before re-injuring it, Myers might be done for the season. Myers has a bright future, and the Padres will surely not want to injure the wrist far more than it already has been. Nothing is set right now, but it seems pretty inevitable that going under the knife is in Myers near future.
Myers has already conceded that he needs surgery on the left wrist to remove a bone spur. He had voiced that he didn’t want to miss the season, but the franchise needs to step in and do what’s best for the young outfielder. He will be greatly missed by Padres fans. They were only allowed to see a glimpse of what Myers can bring to the baseball diamond. His future should be bright as long as his injury issues can be put behind him.
Again nothing is set in stone, but he really should just consider going under the knife. Myers needs to be healthy and that will only be possible if his wrist issue is fixed via surgery. The Padres want a healthy Wil Myers on the roster for years to come. To risk damaging his wrist by pushing him this year would be foolish.
With the loss of Wil Myers to the team, Melvin Upton Jr.and Will Venable are vaulted into starting roles. They will share center field duties and with them in the outfield, the defense is improved. Venable has already made several terrific catches including robbing Mike Trout of a home run early this season. Venable has also swung a decent bat this season for the Padres.
Upton Jr. is a solid defender and has terrific speed. His speed was already displayed as his attempted steal of home resulted in a Scott Kazmir balk on Tuesday afternoon. The loss of Myers is big for the Padres, but at least the team has options. Yonder Alonso has been solid and his left-handed bat has been vital in creating balance for the team.
Alonso looked to lose some playing time to Myers at first base. In a brief stint at first base, Myers looked pretty solid. He could eventually settle in there, but a corner outfield spot is probably best suited for Myers. His health is of vital concern for the team. He must get over his chronic wrist issues. Last seasons break was to his right wrist, but he has reported problems with his left wrist since high school. Myers must do whats best for him and the franchise.
The San Diego Padres are finding out that things don’t exactly go according to plan. The team has a lot of depth and that depth will likely be a key factor in a potential play-off run. The season is far from over, but the Padres must begin to play better baseball. Giving away games in April, May and June will kill you when it comes to September.