San Diego Padres outfielder Wil Myers is off to the disabled list, once again.
This past Tuesday, Wil Myers was removed from the San Diego Padres contest against the Chicago Cubs after fouling a ball off his foot. Myers tried to stay in the game, coming back out to play defense in the next frame, however, the pain proved to be too much and he was replaced by Travis Jankowski.
According to the team, initial x-ray results were negative. Dennis Lin followed those reports once more tests were completed, saying that the diagnosis for Myers was a foot contusion (bruise) and he had suffered any further damage after taking a foul ball of the foot.
As a result, Myers has been officially placed on the 10-day disabled list. Once again, Franmil Reyes has been recalled to the 25-man roster to take Myers’ place, per official team press release.
Myers has already taken trips to the disabled list twice this season. He missed time due to nerve irritation in his right arm, early on in the year. Later that same month, Myers suffered a strained oblique in a game against the New York Mets. He would miss a few weeks as a result.
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Finally healthy throughout the month of July, Myers hit .278 with a .333 OBP in 24 games. He also logged eight doubles, seven home runs, and three stolen bases. Outside of a 35/8 K/BB ratio, he was playing like the Wil Myers the Padres need to see on the field.
The idea of moving Myers to third base had even been gaining more steam over the last few days after he began taking more ground balls and receiving much more coaching at the position during pre-game warmups. While that still remains an option for some point over the final two months of the season, the obvious focus now will be coming back from yet another injury.
It may be just a bruise but the location on top of his foot adds a bit more to injury. Hopefully, he can return after the ten days but no reports or quotes from management seem overly optimistic about that, instead pointing to a “wait and see” approach.
The Myers injury isn’t serious and won’t have long-term implications, however, it’s another frustrating moment in 2018. In a season where fans were supposed to start seeing answers to questions, we are destined to leave 2018 with more questions than ever before.