San Diego Padres outfielder Wil Myers left Saturday night’s game after suffering an injury during an at-bat.
It seems almost impossible for San Diego Padres fans to have just one enjoyable night. With an 11-0 lead in the bottom of the 5th inning, Wil Myers took a big hack at a pitch from Seth Lugo, resulting in Myers being removed from the game.
Myers came out of his swing wincing in pain and refused to swing at the next pitch. Manager Andy Green came out of the dugout, pulling him from the contest. The Padres released the news minutes later that Myers was diagnosed with a strained oblique.
What does this mean? There’s no official timetable for Myers to return, yet, however, it doesn’t look good.
Lindsay Berra of MLB.com describes exactly why this injury is so significant,
"What, exactly, are the oblique muscles? They lie alongside the rectus abdominus muscles — the ones that make up the “six pack” — and they are responsible for core control and rotation. The internal oblique sits under the external oblique, and it is the most commonly injured abdominal or core muscle in baseball, because it is the most activated core muscle during hitting and throwing."
Regardless of how severe the injury is, the Padres could be without Myers for a few weeks. The news put a major damper on an otherwise successful win for the Padres over the New York Mets.
Tightness in his back and an elbow injury have already significantly limited Myers’ playing time this season. Through 10 games, he was hitting .300 with a wRC+ of 108.
What does this mean for the Padres? Well, it means Myers will more than likely join Hunter Renfroe on the disabled list. Fans may see Carlos Asuaje back at second base as Jose Pirela moves back into left field.
Cory Spangenberg could very well find himself back on the Padres’ 25-man roster, after being optioned to El Paso earlier this week.
This story will be updated once more official news is released.
The Padres won Saturday night’s contest, 12-2, setting up a rubber-match game against the Mets on Sunday afternoon.