The Padres lost Cory Spangenberg to injury after just 47 at bats into the season. Yes, he was off to a bad start, but the team has struggled to fill in at his position since. When will he be back?
The Padres have used 6 other players since Spangenberg went down, most recently calling up hot hitting Ryan Schimpf from AAA. He has gone 1 for 5 since his call up. When will Spangenberg return?
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Jemile Weeks got first crack at things after Spangenberg went down since Alexi Amarista went on the DL at almost the same time. In 50 at-bats he hit .140, then went down himself with a hamstring injury. Next.
Alexi Amarista does have 42 at-bats at 2B and is hitting .262, with Yangervis Solarte putting in some time at 2B and hitting 3 home runs in his 41 AB’s at second. Adam Rosales and Jose Pirela each went 5-32 in their time at second though Rosales did pop two home runs.
Now Spangenberg is slowly making his way back. He is going to be running on an anti-gravity treadmill after he had re-injured his quad during his initial comeback. He was placed on the disabled list back on April 21st.
Spangenberg brings a great mix of quality at-bats and more speed to the Padres lineup. With Melvin Upton Jr.leading the team with 15 SB, it is Wil Myers in second place at 9. Of course Myers also leads the Padres in home runs with 16 and is three behind Matt Kemp in RBI with 44.
For now the Padres are just waiting it out with Spangenberg, but it will be exciting to see the Padres have their full opening day lineup when Spangy returns – probably after the All Star Break. The problem with that is that as the trade deadline looms and the Padres are far from a playoff spot – questions will hound the team as to who stays and goes.
Solarte will be a commodity for trade, and while I would hope that Spangenberg wouldn’t be in a trade conversation, you never know with A.J. Preller as he seeks clarity as to how to rebuild this club again.