The Padres announced that outfielder Wil Myers has been activated from the 60-day disabled list on Friday and is in the starting lineup, batting sixth and playing first base against the Dodgers.
Myers had been out since mid-June after undergoing surgery on his left wrist. The wrist issue caused him to miss over a month between May 10 and June 11, and only played in three June games before returning to the disabled list. He was batting .277/.327/.459 with five home runs and 19 RBI in 159 plate appearances for the Padres.
The Padres acquired Myers in December from the Rays in a three-team trade that also involved the Nationals.
Padres outfielder Wil Myers has appeared in just 35 games this season due to an ongoing left wrist injury. He underwent surgery in the middle of June and was only expected to miss eight weeks, but here we are in late August and he’s just now beginning to take batting practice …
Myers could be ready around mid-September if he’s able to avoid setbacks from here, but it’s a safe bet the out-of-contention Padres aren’t going to rush him. Myers — acquired from the Rays last December in a three-team, 11-player trade — has played in only 210 major league games since debuting in June 2013.
The Padres’ lineup has a different look for tonight’s game against the Braves, as Corey Brock of MLB.com notes that Jedd Gyorko is making the start at shortstop.
This is notable because Gyorko has never played shortstop as a professional. That’s right, not in the majors or the minors. He has almost exclusively played either second base or third. However, the Padres are looking at alternatives to Alexi Amarista and his .553 OPS, so they are willing to take some chances with their alignment even though it might not be pretty. You might recall that Will Middlebrooks has even made some starts at shortstop this season.
The Padres had a “shortstop of the future” in prospect Trea Turner, but they traded him to the Nationals as the player-to-be-named-later in the three-team Wil Myers deal. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported last month that the Padres tried to get Turner back in a deal for Craig Kimbrel, but obviously nothing came of it. You can bet that shortstop will be on A.J. Preller’s wish list this offseason.
The Nationals were reportedly looking at a reunion with Tyler Clippard before the Athletics traded him to the Mets tonight, but there’s a chance they could do something a lot bigger to strengthen the back-end of their bullpen.
According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Nationals are the “hottest” among teams for Padres closer Craig Kimbrel. The team has also reportedly been linked to Reds closer Aroldis Chapman. With that in mind, Rosenthal was told by a friend of Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo that he would “almost bet my house that he will do something big.”
The Nationals already have an All-Star closer with Drew Storen, who has posted a 1.73 ERA and 44/9 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings this season while going 29-for-31 in save chances. However, the bridge to the ninth inning for Washington has been shakier than in previous seasons. If the Nationals were to acquire Kimbrel or Chapman, Storen could be moved back into a set-up role.
Kimbrel, 27, has posted a 2.75 ERA and 55/15 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings this season while compiling 29 saves. He’s owed $24 million from 2016-2017 and his contract includes a $13 million club option or a $1 million buyout for 2018. It would be a costly acquisition, but he’s still one of the top closers in the game and the Nationals have the kind of payroll to bring him aboard.
Interestingly, Rosenthal also confirmed that the Padres asked the Nationals about prospect shortstop Trea Turner in talks for Kimbrel. They were shot down. Of course, the Padres dealt Turner to the Nationals as a player to be named later in the three-team Wil Myers trade.