Padres News: Cory Spangenberg Activated, Wil Myers Still Rehabbing


Cory Spangenberg returned to the Padres active roster Friday night after missing 38 games with a bruised left knee. He went 0-1 in a pinch hit appearance. With his activation, the Padres optioned reliever Frank Garces to AAA El Paso.

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Meanwhile, Wil Myers still hopes to get back to the majors this season after his rehab has taken much longer than expected after two setbacks from trying to rush it too quickly as reported by the Times of San Diego.

“I definitely want to make sure that I take it slow and make sure I’m ready to come back.” Myers said. Myers was off to a very good first season with the Padres before the wrist injury sidelined him early on. He is still a key piece of the Padres future in proving that all the big changes made by GM AJ Preller weren’t in vain.

Meanwhile Spangenberg joins an infield where Jedd Gyorko and Yangervis Solarte have been hitting better in recent weeks to man the positions Spangenberg had been playing prior to his injury. In the last month Gyorko has hit 5 homers with 18 RBI and .268 while Solarte has hit to a .310 clip and .367 OBP.

Spangenberg is hitting .254 with 4 home runs on the season, and the 2011 first round pick has shown steady improvement in the major leagues if not clearly claiming his belonging as many hoped he would.

Essentially, the Padres are likely to leave 2015 about how they started it in regards to their infield. They know that shortstop needs to be upgraded, and while Solarte has done a lot to prove that he certainly can hold his own as a starting third baseman in the major leagues, Gyorko has continued to disappoint after such a promising 2013 rookie season. He will end up with likely about 10 home runs and hitting .240. What do you do with that? If Spangenberg had really torn the cover off the ball it might be an easier decision to cut bait, but that hasn’t happened either.

All that to say there are still 46 baseball games left to play, and a lot could happen. The Padres got that cycle off their checklist last month, maybe they could top it off by finishing above .500 and getting a no-hitter in there?

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