The San Diego Padres made a couple of roster moves yesterday in response to a nagging injury to one of their young outfielders.
As per reports, the San Diego Padres will be sending rookie outfielder and exit velocity extraordinaire Franchy Cordero to the disabled list with forearm soreness. The team will be activating Hunter Renfroe to take Cordero’s place on the roster, according to A.J. Cassavell of MLB.com.
Cordero, 23, is hitting .237 for the season with a .746 OPS, seven home runs, 19 runs batted in, and five doubles. After slashing .254/.306/.552 with six homers and thirteen RBI in April, the Dominican product colled off a bit in May.
In 81 plate appearances this month, Cordero is hitting .222 with a .642 OPS, one home runs, six runs batted in, and thirty strikeouts. Apparently, the team has known that he’s been dealing with some discomfort.
To Cassavell, Padres manager Andy Green spoke about the process, “It was something he could manage and not feel it. But him swinging that was was not him playing baseball and performing at his peak level.”
Green continued, “If he can return and feel confident, take five, six days off and breathes, doesn’t swing the bat, when he comes back in five more days, he should be OK.”
Let’s hope this is nothing too serious
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As encouraging as that sounds, we are all aware of the history this team has with injuries and the “misinformation” that sometimes precedes worse news. Just look at Dinelson Lamet‘s situation earlier this season.
Hopefully, this little respite will be all that Franchy Cordero needs to get back to absolutely crushing baseballs and learning the finer points of playing in the major leagues.
San Diego Padres will activate Renfroe
Hunter Renfroe last played with the San Diego Padres on April 17. He’s been on the disabled list with elbow inflammation since then but has been rehabbing with Triple-A El Paso, preparing to return to the lineup.
Earlier this week, Green spoke about giving Renfroe ample time to get ready, likely because there was no real spot for him at the major-league level at the time.
It’s funny how situations can change so quickly. After ten games and 41 at-bats with El Paso, Renfroe slashed .220/.256/.390 with two homers (same game) and a double.
Hopefully, his brief tune-up in Triple-A will all he will need to slide back into the Friars’ lineup effectively.