San Diego Padres: Wil Myers Exits Early, Hoping to Be Back Today

SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 2: Wil Myers
SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 2: Wil Myers /

The San Diego Padres were likely thrilled to see their starting left fielder back in the lineup last night after experiencing back-tightness over the weekend. Myers then left last night’s game in the fifth inning with arm trouble.

Wil Myers was clearly happy to be back in the lineup last night and showed this much, tattooing a first-inning homer off of Colorado Rockies’ starting pitcher Chad Bettis.

After having a third-inning grand slam pulled back in by Rockies’ outfielder Charlie Blackmon, although understandably frustrated, Myers had to be feeling good.

Then, in the fifth, Myers began maneuvering his right arm in the outfield with a pained look on his face. After catching the final out of the inning, Myers obviously was in enough pain that he had to awkwardly throw the ball into the stands to a fan (didn’t have time to make a GIF but look it up).

It was after that half inning that Hunter Renfroe would enter the game as Myers’ replacement in left.

After the game, to Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune, Myers had this to say about the injury, which was diagnosed as inflammation of the triceps near the elbow:

“I don’t think anything is long-term, but it just kind of caught me today…Hopefully, I come back tomorrow and hopefully, it’s gone…It’s very frustrating. I worked super-hard this offseason to play every day, not to come out of any games.”

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It’s a good thing that the Padres have a surplus of viable options to plug into their outfield.

If Myers should indeed miss any time, the first logical option to slide into the role would be Renfroe.

Cory Spangenberg and the likely soon-to-be-recalled Franchy Cordero are both simply waiting for an opportunity to play every day.

If Myers should miss a few games and avoid a prolonged DL-stint, we’ll likely get a taste of how productive a lineup without him could be.

San Diego Padres’ manager, Andy Green, is surely hoping for a quick recovery and for nothing serious to come of this latest setback to Myers. Initial tests (X-rays and ultrasound) revealed no structural damage, as per Acee.

Green had this to say about the prospects of losing one of his more potent bats, “We’ll see how he responds and how he feels coming into tomorrow.”

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Fingers are crossed from Mexi-Cali to here on Long Island that Wil Myers is able to brush this one off.