Justin Upton was a late scratch from the Padres’ starting lineup Wednesday night against the Pirates due to soreness in his left oblique. Will Venable is starting in left field and Melvin Upton Jr. is playing center versus Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton.
Upton acknowledged to MLB.com’s Corey Brock that he’s been experiencing discomfort in his oblique since making a difficult catch in St. Louis last week. He’s considered day-to-day for now, but it sounds like an extended absence may be in order.
Upton, 27, has slashed .259/.338/.434 with 14 home runs, 46 RBI, 16 stolen bases, and 44 runs scored in 84 games this season for the Padres, who entered play Wednesday with a disappointing 39-47 record.
There’s been talk that Upton might become a trade chip for the Friars later this month.
Justin Upton did this last night:
And he might be doing that for another team soon. And his former Braves teammate Craig Kimbrel may be doing his thing elsewhere too. Jon Morosi reports that A.J. Preller may very well have a mini-fire sale this summer, including sending Upton and Kimbrel out of town:
Upton and fellow outfielder Will Venable, starter Ian Kennedy (who has pitched well lately) and relievers Joaquin Benoit and Shawn Kelley are in the final guaranteed year of their contracts.
Kimbrel and starters Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner are valuable pieces, particularly because they’d come with multiple years of control.
It’s a speculative piece — more about what’s possible than anything he’s hearing — but it makes a lot of sense.
And it would likely anger a lot of Padres fans who got super invested in all of the big offseason moves, only to see them come to noting and then be undone.
Dennis Lin, beat writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune, shares the bad news …
Myers has been limited to 35 games this season due to ongoing wrist issues and this procedure is going to keep him out of action until at least mid-August. The 24-year-old outfielder was acquired from the Rays back in December as part of a three-team, 11-player trade. He was batting .277/.327/.459 with five home runs, 19 RBI, and 30 runs scored in his first season with San Diego. Will Venable and Melvin Upton Jr. will handle center field for the fourth-place Padres, who entered play Wednesday with a disappointing 32-35 record.
From beat writer Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune …
Myers hadn’t appeared in a game since May 10 and the discomfort in his left wrist obviously wasn’t going away. He missed a significant portion of the 2014 season with a stress fracture in his other (right) wrist. Will Venable and Abraham Almonte will draw the majority of starts in center field while Myers is out.
Myers, 24, was batting .291/.340/.493 with five home runs and 19 RBI through 32 games this season.
Wil Myers was sent back to San Diego to be evaluated for a left wrist injury, but Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that he’s been diagnosed with tendinitis and will avoid a trip to the disabled list.
Myers injured the wrist Sunday when he collided with Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed while running the bases and felt continued discomfort during batting practice Tuesday. As of now, the Padres are hopeful that he’ll only have to miss three or four days. Myers missed a big part of last season with a fractured right wrist, but he also jammed his left wrist early last year.
Myers was filling in for the injured Yonder Alonso at first base prior to the injury, so the Padres’ depth is being tested at the moment. They are going with Will Middlebrooks at first base and Will Venable in center field tonight against the Nationals.
Myers, who was acquired from the Rays in a three-team trade over the winter, is batting .291/.340/.493 with five home runs and 19 RBI over 32 games this season.