The Padres are back at Petco Park this week. Monday the Friars played the first of a seven-game, seven-day homestand with the first of three against the Colorado Rockies.
Before Monday night’s game against Colorado, we saw several familiar faces from the long list of players on the disabled list. Manager Andy Green was excited to see some of his starters out on the field.
Green was upbeat about their progress saying, "We got here early today and had three of the rehab guys out here taking batting practice and actually running on the ground for once. It was exciting to see Cory Spangenberg, and Solarte and Amarista running around, and hopefully those guys are getting close to getting out in the field for us in a game. That gets you optimistic when you see those guys moving."
A refreshing and unexpected sight in the Padres Clubhouse today was that of Austin Hedges. The Padres Minor League catcher had a great spring but ultimately stayed in Triple-A El Paso, falling just shy of making the final roster.
Hedges was doing well with the Chihuahuas until he hurt his hand in late April. What appeared to be a left hand contusion was actually a fractured hamate.
According to Green, Hedges underwent surgery a few days ago here in San Diego and will be working with the Padres.
In what capacity, you ask?
"We brought him around," Green said. "I think he’s going to help and just listen and learn, be part of the advance process a little bit. We’ll get him digging into scouting reports and stuff to just help his education since he can’t technically do anything with his hand."
Hedges was in good spirits and says he’s happy to be around the team. There is no specific date for his return to El Paso but the typical recovery from this type of surgery is anywhere from six to eight weeks.
Hedges, who didn’t seem bothered by his cast, says he’s not focused on the time frame but rather on his progress.
"I’m just doing a little bit each day to try and strengthen up the hand and get back as quick as I can," he said.
Green also touched base on opening day starter Tyson Ross and his progress. Green says Ross is still in the rehab phase where there is no throwing but he is feeling better.
Green is keeping a close eye on Ross’ recovery saying, "I talked to him today and he says he feels great, which is the first time I’ve heard that word come out of him so that’s a good sign. Hopefully here in the near future, the reevaluation period comes and we can get him throwing a baseball."
Green also mentioned pitcher Robbie Erlin underwent an MRI for his strained elbow on Monday morning. The Padres are still waiting for the results.