The San Diego Padres have been having a tough season so far and it’s about to get tougher. Centerfielder Wil Myers is set to undergo surgery to remove a bone spur in his left wrist and will miss at least eight weeks as reported by Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Myers had been dealing with wrist issues dating all the way back to last year as he spent time on the DL with a fractured wrist, a wrist sprain, tendonitis in his wrist and now a bone spur in his wrist. Apparently he’s had this problem with his wrist dating all the back to middle school but has played through it up to this point but couldn’t play through it any longer when a tendon near pinky finger became inflamed and aggravated the wrist issue.
It’s a tough blow for the Padres who are in a slide and currently sit at 32-35 in a very competitive NL West division this year. The young outfielder was acquired in a three-team deal in the offseason which saw a handful of prospects exchanged between the Friars, Tampa Bay Rays and Washington Nationals. Myers was one of the key acquisitions in the offseason for the Padres and was expected to form a dominant new outfield trio comprised of himself, Justin Upton and Matt Kemp. His defense in center field left something to be desire but did produce at the plate as he batted .277/.322/.459 with five home runs over the course of the season.
Myers’ absence will most likely be filled by Will Venable and Melvin Upton Jr. in center field. He should be expected to return to center when he recovers but could also be shifted to first base which would enable general manager AJ Preller to pursue a trade for another outfielder. The loss of Myers is just the latest in a string of bad news for the Friars whom just recently saw their longtime manager Bud Black let go. What was expected to be a dream season has quickly turned into a nightmare