The Padres were hoping that star prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. would return from the injured list as early as Friday, though manager Andy Green told reporters (including The Athletic’s Dennis Lin) that Tatis won’t play during San Diego’s upcoming six-game road trip. Tatis has been out of action since April 30 due to a hamstring strain, so he projects to miss a full month of games if he indeed won’t be back until May 31 (when the Padres host the Yankees) at the earliest.
Some updates on other injury situations from around the game…
- Wilmer Flores was placed on the 10-day IL with a right foot contusion on Tuesday, though Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo told media (including Arizona Sports 98.7 radio) that an MRI revealed Flores suffered a fracture. Ildemaro Vargas was called up from Triple-A to take Flores’ spot on the roster, and he’ll provide utility depth in the middle infield as second baseman/center fielder Ketel Marte now looks like he could receive more time at the keystone. Flores signed a one-year deal worth $4.25MM in guaranteed money last winter and has hit .281/.326/.398 over 138 PA for the Snakes, with much of that production coming in the last few weeks following an ice-cold start at the plate.
- While on a minor league rehab assignment, Rays infielder Matt Duffy re-aggravated the hamstring injury that has kept him on the IL all season. (Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times was among those to report the news.) Duffy will be re-evaluated tomorrow. The infielder has been solid (.292/.354/.364 over 640 PA) since joining the Rays in August 2016, though he has appeared in just 153 games since that time, largely due to an Achilles injury that cost him the entire 2017 season.
- In more positive news for the Rays, Joey Wendle told reporters (including Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times) that is no longer wearing a cast on his fractured right wrist. Wendle said he is “free to move forward as I can tolerate” any discomfort while beginning baseball activities, though he said he will be cautious in his process to try and avoid any setbacks. One can’t fault Wendle for wanting to be entirely ready in the wake of two lost months for the utilityman, as Wendle has played in only eight games this season due to his wrist fracture and an earlier hamstring injury.
- Veteran righty Edinson Volquez has begun to play catch, Rangers manager Chris Woodward told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Jeff Wilson and other reporters, as Volquez continues to make his way back from an elbow sprain. Volquez made just two starts for Texas before being placed on the injured list, and he even hinted at retirement should his injury be another UCL tear (Volquez has already undergone two Tommy John surgeries). Playing catch is a preliminary step, but nevertheless a good sign that Volquez may have avoided a more serious injury.
Show Me Your Tatis
Padres FO: when you are giving an expected return date for a player on the IL, give the worst case scenario date, not the best case scenario date. Ok? Thanks.
Worst case career ending, best case 10 days
Show Me Your Tatis
At this point, until he officially comes off the IL his injury is career ending.
I’m pretty sure the training department can gauge a potential career ending injury when it happens. And I’m sure they would, at the very least, let people know that was a possibility. The point being made was, if it’s one week to three weeks on average, it’s better to say the player will probably be out three weeks, instead of saying only one week, and having it be longer.
The Padres FO under Preller thinks all baseball fans are as gullible as the locals. He’ll say whatever he wants to keep the focus on the future and off the present.
Tatis is so good. When he went to the IL they started losing. He changes the dynamic of the team.
He’s good. In fact, he’s real good. But one rookie player isn’t going to make the difference between winning and losing. BTW, he’s hitting .300, but his K-rate is 33%.
Duffy has a heart of GOLD, and a body of TIN.
Maybe the Rays should take Longoria back?
Aggravate means to re-injure. It’s either aggravate or re-injure. Saying re-aggravate is like saying re-re-injure. If it’s a second set-back you could say he aggravated the injury again. Re-aggravate is just bad usage.
Your comment may put more than a few on the Aggravation List
Not to exacerbate the aggravated reinjury
Oh snap, you just reaggravated the issue
tad2b13………. according to Oxford the only error might be the use of a hyphen
with object To make (a problem, injury, etc.) worse or more serious once again; to aggravate a second or further time.
Thanks Cat! You aggravated my faith in people!
Who are you going to believe, Oxford, a University way over in England, or tad2b13?
Sounds like your sanctimony has been re-injured.
Volquez is finished. Why does the FO keep this guy on the payroll?
The Ranger Fan
I would be surprised to see volquez give the Rangers any quality starts, but hey they paid for him and I don’t see them dumping him to go to another team, but he is tying up a spot and wasting my time just posting. Why did J.D. wait 15 years later to bring him back. He was traded for one of the Greatest Rangers everJosh Hamilton.