Padres News: Wil Myers Starts Rehab Assignment

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Early season catalyst Wil Myers has started a rehab assignment in AAA, as reported by Corey Brock of the Padres.com. Myers flew with the team to Cincinnati Thursday before taking about 75 practice swings in the cages and declaring his wrist fine. Then he was to fly to Las Vegas Saturday to join the El Paso Chihuahua‘s for their game.

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Myers has now missed 23 games since injuring the wrist and the team has missed him, despite appreciating the much better defense and highlight reel catches that Will Venable has been providing in center field in his stead.

“There’s not a set number [of at-bats] we want to give him. We’re going to see the quality of at-bats. Every player is different in regard to the number of at-bats they need,” Black said. “But my thoughts on Wil is he might not need as many at-bats.”

While baseball is a game with so many moving parts it is impossible to isolate one player as a reason for blame, but the Padres are 10-12 since Myers went down and as a team are hitting just .238. Myers is hitting .291 with 5 HR and 19 RBI and led the Padres in runs at the time he went on the DL. This is easily shaping up to be Myers best year in the majors, as through 32 games he has scored 28 runs. Considering his career high for games played is just 88 and 13 HR, he is set for career high’s in virtually all offensive categories.

Myers is hoping that during his rehab he can get some practice tracking pitches and re-acclimating to seeing the spin of the baseball again after not playing in games for several weeks. The Padres would likely quickly insert him right back in the lead-off spot which has been manned by the likes of Will Venable, Yangervis Solarte, and in his absence.

Myers noted that he hopes the rehab won’t take long and explained of his cage session Thursday that, “Everything has felt good, I took about 40 swings in batting practice and went through my full routine and took about [a total of] 75 swings. I was swinging hard.”

The Padres can use him back and if his rehab goes well he could join the team in Atlanta next week.

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