Padres outfielder Wil Myers exited the team’s game against the Mets on Saturday with a left oblique strain, according to an announcement from San Diego. The severity of the injury isn’t yet known, but oblique strains often require stints on the disabled list. Myers was already on the DL earlier this month (with a right arm injury), thereby limiting him to 40 plate appearances thus far in 2018. The Padres had a crowded outfield on their hands prior to Saturday’s game, as AJ Cassavell of MLB.com detailed at the time, with Myers, Manuel Margot, Franchy Cordero and Jose Pirela among their options. Pirela had been slated to see more time at second base as a result, but if Myers joins fellow Friars outfielder Hunter Renfroe on the DL, that plan could change.
More from the West Coast…
- Angels two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani isn’t a lock to make his scheduled start against Baltimore on Tuesday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times was among those to report. Ohtani suffered a mild left ankle sprain while crossing first base on Friday and was then out of the Angels’ lineup Saturday. Fortunately, though, a DL placement is not under consideration for the right-handed pitcher/left-handed hitter, manager Mike Scioscia declared. [Update: Ohtani believes he’ll be OK to start Tuesday, Maria Guardado of MLB.com tweets.]
- Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said in his latest MLB.com podcast with Aaron Goldstein that outfielder Mitch Haniger “fills up just about every box” as a player and a person, and he realizes the budding star may be on his way to big money (h/t: TJ Cotterill of the Tacoma News Tribune). “I probably just gave Matt Sosnick and the great people at Sosnick and Cobbe great fodder,” Dipoto said of Haniger’s agency after lavishing praise on the 27-year-old. “But deservedly so. He’s been a terrific player.” Haniger has indeed been outstanding since joining the Mariners prior to 2017, especially this year (.307/.382/.682 with nine home runs in 102 plate appearances), though he’s not even going to be eligible for arbitration until after next season.
- The X-rays on Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig’s left foot came back negative, Andy McCullough of the LA Times was among those to tweet. Puig fouled a ball off his foot in the first game of the team’s doubleheader in San Francisco on Saturday, which led to fear about his status and paved the way for hyped outfield prospect Alex Verdugo to start in the second contest.