The Padres are 65-69 as they continue a four game series against the Dodgers this weekend. In the final month of September the club is evaluating players. While September call-ups are usually the only news coming out in the first week of September, injuries were on the mind of Padre officials and fans. In the September 2nd game against the Rangers, three Padres had to leave the game early due to injury. Here are the updates on all their conditions:
- Yonder Alonso (lower back tightness) remains day-to-day and has yet to be in the starting lineup since his injury, tweets Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune. Brett Wallace and even Alex Dickerson could get a look at first base until Alonso can play.
- Also from Lin, Derek Norris (left shoulder strain) hurt it on an awkward play at home plate but has since returned to the lineup.
- Finally from Lin, Shawn Kelley (forearm strain) was the most serious of the three to leave the game that night. This seems like more of a long term injury. It is more of a nerve issue and not in his elbow, assistant general manager Josh Stein told reporters including Lin. It is not unthinkable to say he’s made his final appearance this season.
Early diagnoses: lower back tightness for Alonso, left shoulder strain for Norris, forearm strain for Kelley (MRI tomorrow).
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) September 2, 2015
These are just the most recent injuries to occur this week. Here are updates on other Padres that are still injured, some that are making great progress:
- Brandon Maurer (shoulder) will begin a throwing program sometime this week. He could throw for the Padres again this season.
- Wil Myers (wrist) is in the middle of his minor league rehab assignment and could return within the next few weeks. He’s played with High-A Lake Elsinore before going to Double-A San Antonio, tweets Lin.
- Josh Johnson (Tommy John surgery) is set to begin a rehab assignment with the High-A Lake Elsinore Storm, the team announced.
- Young promising outfielder Travis Jankowski headlines the list of several players that were selected to play in this year’s Arizona Fall League, writes Lin. Other prospects that will play include, right handed pitchers Ryan Butler, Michael Dimock, Elliot Morris and Eric Yardley. Also, infielders Fernando Perez and Gabriel Quintana will be playing in the fall league.
- The Padres designated left handed pitcher Caleb Thielbar for assignment. The club claimed Thielbar off waivers from the Twins earlier in the month. The Padres, who claimed left handed pitcher Chris Rearick back off waivers from the Rangers designated him for assignment again. Both Thielbar and Rearick have cleared waivers and have been outrighted to Triple-A El Paso and Double-A San Antonio, respectively.
The #Padres have claimed LHP Chris Rearick off waivers from the Rangers. DFA’d LHP Caleb Thielbar.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) August 30, 2015
- The Padres announced that they have reinstated right-handed pitcher Marcus Mateo from the disabled list. They also recalled right-handed pitcher Nick Vincent from Triple-A.
- Finally, the Padres recalled a trio of players from Triple-A, including utility man Alex Dickerson, right-handed pitcher Jon Edwards, and catcher Rocky Gale. Dickerson was expected to come up and Edwards was also a pitcher that was expected to be called up by the big league club. Gale comes as a bit of a surprise. He was brought up as insurance just in case Norris‘ injury was more serious. Gale has never been viewed as a top prospect and has worked his way up through the system since 2010. His glove has more upside than his bat even though he’s hit around .300 with little power the last two seasons.