Jason Bartlett and Logan Forsythe are both injured. Their injuries are minor but will keep them out of the spring training lineups for a few games. Lacking depth at the second base position, the Padres have added Cory Spangenberg to the major league camp.
According to Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune, “Spangenberg, who turns 21 on March 16, was promoted because the Padres suddenly found themselves short two middle infielders with the loss of Forsythe (fractured sesamoid bone in his left foot) and Bartlett (sore knee).”
Spangenberg was the Padres 10th overall in last year’s draft and has excelled through the organization’s minor league system. He played Low-A ball, A ball, and High-A last season. Now, he is playing with the major league camp. While it is unlikely that he will make the major league club at any point this season, Spangenberg’s addition means added opportunity for the young second baseman.
In 72 minor league games last season, Spangenberg hit .316/.419/.418. He was rated the number 78 overall prospect in baseball by Baseball America. The 20 year old was playing junior college baseball last year at this time for Indian River Community College in Florida.
Bartlett’s injury should only limit his action for a few days, but Forsythe’s injury is a little more tricky. According to Center, the team will wait at least a week to make a decision on what to do next with Forsythe. Surgery may be necessary.