Padres News: Wil Myers Cast Removed, When Will He Be Back?


San Diego Padres centerfielder, Wil Myers, does not like being unable to play baseball. Especially after he was off to such a good start to the season. Unfortunately his hurt left wrist had other ideas, and he was forced to have surgery after only being off the DL for a few days. Saturday he got his cast taken off from surgery but still has a ways to go until he can play again, as reported by the UT’s Dennis Lin.

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The surgery itself was to remove a bone spur that Myers had developed in middle school and slowly caused more and more pain. Though middle school seems forever ago to most of us, don’t forget that Myers is still just 24 years old. Not so long ago.

"“Evidently, I must’ve fractured (the wrist) when I was really young and didn’t even know it and just played with it, that bone spur kind of came out of it.”“It never really gave me a problem. I did have a problem with it a little bit in 2013, but then last year, I really started to notice it. And this year as well.”"

Myers is certainly missed atop the Padres lineup. Myers was hitting .277 with 5 HR and 19 RBI before his injury. In his stead Padres lead-off hitters have hit only .204 with 7 HR and 18 RBI in roughly 30 more AB’s. That also includes a mini power surge from Matt Kemp hitting lead-off under new skipper Pat Murphy.

Now more rehab and waiting starts for Myers, who isn’t expected to actually start baseball activities until early to mid August. How his strength will be remains to be seen, but the Padres are hoping they will be in a position where it still matters. Rumors continue to speculate as the team falls farther back in the standings that Justin Upton will be traded before the deadline. If that happens August will almost assuredly be late to make a post-season run.

That said, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. For now Myers can only focus on what is in front of him – rehabbing and getting ready to play baseball again in 2015.

“I’ve lost a little bit of muscle right through here,” he said, pointing to his forearm, “I’ve just got to strengthen it and get my grip back.”

The Padres anxiously await his return.

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