We’re less than a month into the MLB season and the Padres roster is already riddled with injuries. Padres ace Tyson Ross was placed on the disabled list just a few days after his Opening Day start. On Wednesday manager Andy Green addressed his recovery saying, “His progress is coming along how we hoped for the first couple weeks, and he’s kind of plateaued right now.” Green went on to say they will wait for the results of Ross’ latest MRI scans on his inflamed right shoulder before making a decision on a course of action. The MRI was scheduled for Thursday morning.
In the same week, another starter would head to the DL. After a 16-3 win in Colorado on opening week, third baseman Yangervis Solarte joined starting pitcher Tyson Ross with an injured hamstring. Alexi Amarista was recalled from Triple-A El Paso to fill the roster spot. Green says he is also “progressing as he should.” The skipper said the same about reliever Jon Edwards who started the season on the 15-day disabled list with mild elbow stiffness.
Then came another tough loss; Wednesday morning the Padres announced second baseman Cory Spangenberg would be on the 15-day disabled list with a left quad strain. He left Tuesday's game in the 4th inning after beating out a bunt single and feeling pain on his way down the line. Spring training standout Jemile Weeks was called up to fill the roster spot. Spangenberg has been solid at second base so far working well with Alexei Ramirez at shortstop.
And the hits keep coming, and not just at the plate; Thursday morning the Padres placed left handed pitcher Robbie Erlin in the 15-day disabled list with a left elbow strain. The friars have recalled Leonel Campos from the Triple-A El Paso, but no word on who will be filling Erlin’s roster spot.
Green says he’s taking the injuries one day at a time, but at this rate they’re really starting to pile up. The Padres close out the series against the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight and will take on the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend to end their nine game home stand.