Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez dislocated his left thumb in a collision with Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo in the seventh inning of Sunday’s win. He was replaced by Andres Blanco. Hernandez is likely done for the season, CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports.
Hernandez had charged in on a Rizzo ground out but lost control of the ball on the transfer. The ball skipped towards the first base bag and Hernandez was unable to corral it. His momentum took him into Rizzo, causing him to dislocate his left thumb. Pete Mackanin said that Darnell Sweeney, acquired from the Dodgers in the Chase Utley trade, will get a look at second base.
Hernandez, 25, finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. He’s hitting .272/.339/.348 with one home run, 35 RBI, 57 runs scored, and 19 stolen bases in 448 plate appearances. He filled in admirably for Utley while he was on the disabled list earlier in the season, then took over the position for good when the Phillies sent Utley to Los Angeles.
The Padres are set to recall top infield prospect Luis Urías from Triple-A El Paso, according to a report from Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. It’ll be the second such stint for the club’s no. 2 prospect, and one they hope to extend through the end of the season. A corresponding roster move will be announced later this weekend.
Urías, 22, struggled in his first promotion to the majors this April. Touted as “one of the Minors’ better pure hitters” with “innate bat-to-ball skills” and “plus on-base skills,” he found it difficult to adjust to big league pitching and slashed a lackluster .083/.241/.125 with just two hits and four walks over 11 games with the Padres.
Upon his return to Triple-A, however, the young middle infielder has delivered nothing short of spectacular results, batting .315/.398/.600 with 19 home runs, seven stolen bases (in nine chances), and a .998 OPS across 339 plate appearances. Given the additional measures he’s taken to improve his mechanics — something, Acee says, the Padres are far more interested in than his results at the plate — it seems he may be ready to handle the competition at the highest level on a long-term basis.
Urías is expected to be recalled in time for the Padres’ game against the Cubs on Saturday, where he’ll likely share the middle infield with fellow top prospect Fernando Tatís. The game is set for 2:20 PM EDT.