Logan Forsythe, who had been hoping to win a spot on the Padres’ bench, is expected to miss the next eight weeks after aggravating an old fracture in his left foot.
John Schlegel of MLB.com reports that the 25-year-old infielder left Padres camp and headed back to San Diego to undergo surgery for a sesamoid bone fracture that he originally injured in college.
Forsythe, who was the 46th overall pick in the 2008 draft, hit just .213 with a .568 OPS in his 62-game debut last season, but has a .414 career on-base percentage in the minors.
With Forsythe out, Everth Cabrera is expected to be Padres’ reserve infielder to start the season. Cabrera probably had a leg up on the job anyway.
Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.
LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.
There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.
The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.