Observations and injury updates as the San Diego Padres conclude their four game series with the Reds and travel to Los Angeles Thursday afternoon.
After dropping the first two out of three games in Cincinnati against the Reds, the Padres will look to earn the split in Thursday’s series finale matinee. Directly following the game, the club will get on a plane and travel west, 2100 miles to Los Angeles.
The middle of an extended road trip like this is a good time to take a step back and break down what has happened to the club recently. Getaway day provides a bit of a relief to players and fans, even if it’s just for a moment as the Dodgers series looms.
- Is Wil Myers beginning to heat up? Hitting .204 since May 10th, the 26-year-old has been in a slump. But it’s possible, as the team’s website reports, that his two-run opposite field jack on Wednesday could mark the beginning of a trend in the right direction.
- Outfielder Manuel Margot hit his 10th home run on Wednesday, joining Hunter Renfroe as an outfielder with double digit dingers.
- Travis Wood has struggled since being traded to San Diego, and quite frankly, long before. On the contrary, Luis Perdomo and Dinelson Lamet have been sharp lately, especially Perdomo on Tuesday in the Frirars’ lone victory in Cincinnati so far.
- Carter Capps has struggled in his two relief appearances since returning to the big league club. Chances are, he will still get several more opportunities.
- The Padres have announced that they will wear different uniforms for players’ weekend from August 25-27. Players will have the opportunity to put nicknames on the backs, which should be fun for everyone.
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- Jered Weaver remains on the 60-day DL, with no return in sight. The latest updates haven’t been promising, and San Diego’s rotation is fairly set even without him.
- Jarred Cosart and Christian Friedrich are both still on the 60-day DL with a strained right elbow and lat strain, respectively. It looks as if 2017 is a lost cause for these hurlers.
- Robbie Erlin is still recovering from Tommy John surgery, and the Padres can only hope for his services in 2018.
- Alex Dickerson is still the only position player on the 60-day DL, and is still working his way back from a bulging disk.
- On the more minor injury front, Miguel Diaz and Erick Aybar currently sit on the 10-day DL, and should return to action within the month.
It could be a lot worse for the Padres on the injury front. Unfortunately, the club hasn’t maintained it’s strong play from the month of July in Cincinnati, a real chance for them to notch some victories. Hopefully, the Friars will find some magic in L.A. when faced with the seemingly impossible task of beating the Dodgers on the road.