The Padres placed infielder/outfielder Wil Myers on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, per an announcement on Sunday. Outfielder Travis Jankowski was recalled from Triple-A El Paso in a corresponding move.
Myers, 27, suffered the injury after fouling off a pitch from the Mets’ Seth Lugo in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game. He took another pitch from Lugo but quickly summoned a team trainer and was unable to complete the at-bat. While the Padres have yet to reveal a concrete timetable for Myers’ return, he told reporters he expects to be sidelined for at least 14 days.
It’s a tough blow for the 27-year-old, who was just a week removed from his last stay on the disabled list. He dealt with lower back stiffness in camp and was shut down for several weeks in April after experiencing nerve irritation in his throwing arm. Between stints on the DL, he went 9-for-28 with two doubles and a stolen base. He went hitless in three at-bats against the Mets on Saturday.
Jankowski, 26, will rejoin the team after getting optioned to Triple-A last month. He raked .363/.452/.450 with five extra-base hits, four stolen bases and a .902 OPS in the minors this spring.
The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly and Zach Buchanan report that Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name as recently as December. The fake name is Mason Saunders. Bumgarner explains that “Mason” is shortened from “Madison,” while “Saunders” is his wife’s maiden name.
Bumgarner — err, Saunders — and one of his rodeo partners, Jaxson Tucker, won $26,560 in a team-roping rodeo competition in December. The Rancho Rio Arena posted a picture of the pair on Facebook, highlighting that they roped four steers in 31.36 seconds.
As Baggarly and Buchanan point out, Bumgarner also pointed out in a rodeo competition last March, just a couple days before pitching in a Cactus League game versus the Athletics, back when he was still with the Giants.
Bumgarner suffered bruised ribs and a left shoulder AC sprain in 2017 when he got into a dirt bike accident. Given that, Bumgarner’s latest extracurricular activity does raise a concern for the Diamondbacks, who inked him to a five-year, $85 million contract two months ago. Baggarly and Buchanan asked Bumgarner about such a concern. Bumgarner referred them to the club’s managing partner Ken Kendrick. Kendrick directed them to GM Mike Hazen. Hazen declined speaking about “specific contract language.” For what it’s worth, Bumgarner says he primarily uses his right hand to rope.
The jig is up on Bumgarner’s hobby. He jokingly said to The Athletic’s pair, “I’m nervous about this interview right now.” He added, “I’m upset with both you two.”