Abrams' recovery progressing well

September 29th, 2021

September 28: Abrams' recovery has gone as smoothly as the Padres could've hoped, after the star shortstop prospect broke his leg and sprained his MCL in a collision in late June.

Abrams is progressing at the team's training complex in Peoria, Ariz., and the team plans to get him some reps in fall instructional ball. If he progresses well enough, it’s possible he could make an Arizona Fall League appearance.

Based on Abrams' recovery, the team believes he will be full-go for Spring Training next year, and that's where things get interesting. At the time of his injury, Abrams was posting gaudy numbers for Double-A San Antonio, hitting .296/.363/.420 while playing a solid defensive shortstop.

Given general manager A.J. Preller's penchant for moving his prospects quickly, Abrams will be given every opportunity to win a big league job in camp. It'll be especially interesting to see where the Padres use Abrams moving forward, considering the questions surrounding Fernando Tatis Jr.'s position. If Tatis remains at short, it's possible the Padres look to use Abrams at second or in the outfield.

Whatever the Padres settle on, they know they've got one elite up-the-middle talent in Tatis. They think they've got another coming in Abrams.

July 4: Diagnosed with left tibia fracture, sprained MCL
The Padres received some tough news on their No. 2 prospect (No. 8 overall), as the injury Abrams suffered during a collision in the infield turned out to be worse than initially expected. Abrams was diagnosed with a fractured left tibia and a sprained MCL, and he will miss the rest of the season.

June 30: Exits with leg injury
CJ Abrams went 1-for-4 and posted a single before colliding with second baseman Eguy Rosario in the ninth inning of Wednesday's game. San Diego's No. 2 prospect was unable to put much weight on his left leg and was forced to exit the game as a result. Gameday »

Abrams was invited to participate in the 2021 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game earlier today. He hit .304 (28-for-92) this past month and stole 10 bases, tied for the Double-A Central lead during that span.

June 27: Reaches base three times
CJ Abrams rebounded from a rough game to reach base safely three times Sunday evening, going 1-for-2 with a run scored, a single and a pair of base on balls. MLB Pipeline's No. 8 overall prospect has stolen 10 bases this month but was caught stealing for just the second time this season in the third inning of Sunday's series finale. Gameday »

June 26: Hit streak grinds to a halt
San Diego's No. 2 prospect CJ Abrams saw his five-game hitting streak abruptly end with an 0-for-4 game that featured three strikeouts. In addition to his tough day at the plate, Abrams' fifth error of the season caused the game's deciding run to cross home plate as he was charged with interference in the bottom of the ninth inning. Gameday »

June 25: Doubles in fifth straight game
CJ Abrams can not stop hitting doubles. The 20-year-old shortstop hit yet another in his fifth straight game during a 1-for-4 night. Abrams also drove in a run during his performance, his 23rd RBI of the year. He now has 14 doubles this season with seven of those coming in his last seven games. Needless to say, he now has a five-game hit streak and has an RBI in three of those. He also has a .799 OPS on the season. Gameday »

June 24: Doubles, scores and steals in all-around performance
CJ Abrams flashed his 80-grade speed all night long Thursday as baseball's No. 8 prospect hit an RBI double in the first inning, his fourth two-bagger in as many games, stole two bases and scored twice for Double-A San Antonio. Abrams ended the night 2-for-4 with a walk. The 20-year-old shortstop is now hitting .304 on the year and has 13 stolen bases and 13 doubles on the season. He's still only been caught on the basepaths just once this year. While he tormented Frisco in all aspects, the Missions could not come up with the win. Gameday »

June 23: Doubles and singles in loss
CJ Abrams slapped yet another double for Double-A San Antonio Wednesday night, his fifth in as many games. Abrams went 2-for-5 on the night, scoring a run in the Missions' loss. He also stole his 11th base of the season and the 26th of his professional career. Abrams' batting average is creeping back up towards the .300 mark that he's been above for a good part of the year, sitting right on the border at .299. Gameday »

June 22: Doubles in second straight game
CJ Abrams tallied another double for Double-A San Antonio Tuesday, his 11th of the season. Abrams nearly duplicated his stat line from Sunday, going 1-for-4 in the box but failed to record an RBI. Abrams is starting to shake off a short June skid, as the Padres' No. 2 prospect now has an extra-base hit in three of his last four games. Gameday »

June 20: Picks up RBI double in defeat
CJ Abrams provided one of the few bright spots for Double-A San Antonio on Sunday. His ground-rule double in the third inning got the Missions on the board and accounted for one of their two runs in an 8-2 loss to Northwest Arkansas. Baseball's No. 8 prospect exploded for four hits and four RBIs on Friday, but he is just 2-for-17 in five other games over the past week. Gameday »

June 19: 0-for-4 night follows breakout
Abrams couldn't get it going with the bat Saturday night as the Padres' No. 2 prospect went 0-for-4 at the dish following his offensive explosion on Friday. It was Abrams' sixth game with zero hits in his past nine starts. Gameday »

June 18: Four-hit, four-RBI night breaks slump
It was only a matter of time before CJ Abrams broke out of his slump. Abrams was hot out of the gate Friday night, going 4-for-5 with four RBIs, a stolen base and a run scored to fuel Double-A San Antonio's 14-6 win over Northwest Arkansas. The Padres' No. 2 prospect hit two run-scoring doubles in the fourth and in the seventh, tallying nine on the season now. He also slapped two singles, driving in a run in the fifth. Abrams was hitting .173 over his past seven starts, but the big performance brought his season average back over .300 from .287 to .307. The shortstop in the other dugout, Royals top prospect Bobby Witt Jr., didn't have a a bad night either, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Gameday »

June 17: Hitless in second night in a row
CJ Abrams had another hitless game Thursday night, his second in a row. He went 0-for-3 on the night, as Double-A San Antonio lost to Northwest Arkansas. He is now hitting .173 over the past seven games with one extra-base hit in that span. Gameday »

June 16: Reaches on HBP
Abrams had another quiet night for Double-A San Antonio, going 0-for-3 and getting hit by a pitch. Abrams has had four hits in his past 20 at-bats and has four hitless performances in his past six games with the exception being a three-hit performance on Sunday. Gameday »

June 15: Caught stealing for first time
Abrams went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly as part of San Antonio's 5-3 victory. His 35 hits are tied for the 10th most among all Double-A Central batters. San Diego's No. 2 prospect was also caught stealing for the first time this season, making him 9-for-10 on the year and 24-for-31 across his first 64 professional games. Gameday »

June 13: Doubles, steals and drives in two
That slump didn't last long for CJ Abrams. After going 0-for-10 in his past three games, Abrams tallied three hits in a 12-6 win for Double-A San Antonio. The No. 8 overall prospect in baseball went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, two runs scored, a steal and a walk. He pushed his season average back over .300 with the performance, sitting at .301. He is a perfect 9-for-9 in steal attempts this season. Gameday »

June 12: Fails to reach base
CJ Abrams seems to be in the midst of a mini-slump right now, as the Padres' No. 2 prospect has failed to record a hit in his past three games. Abrams went 0-for-4 with a strikeout Saturday night, sinking him into a 0-for-10 dry spell since Thursday's game. The good news is he still has a respectable .284 average on the season. Gameday »

June 11: Doubles and steals another base
CJ Abrams started 0-for-3 with three strikeouts on Friday night, but he managed to recover and slap a two-run double in the seventh. Abrams walked and swiped his eighth bag of the year in Double-A San Antonio's win over Midland as well. The Padres' No. 2 prospect has been flashing that 80-grade speed over the past three nights as he has recorded a steal in all three games. Gameday »

June 10: Another steal for Abrams
CJ Abrams had a quiet night with the bat, going 0-for-3 at the dish with a walk, but he still managed to swipe another bag in Double-A San Antonio's win. It was his seventh steal of the season and he has yet to be caught on the basepaths. He has reached base in five straight games. Gameday »

June 9: Stays perfect on the basepaths
CJ Abrams continued his recent roll at the plate and on the basepaths Wednesday for Double-A San Antonio. The Padres' No. 2 prospect went 2-for-4 with two singles and a run scored. He also recorded his sixth stolen base and remains perfect in six steal attempts this year. Abrams is 8-for-18 at the plate in his previous four games and is now batting .306 this season. Gameday »

June 8: Singles, scores in win
CJ Abrams singled and scored in the first inning to get Double-A San Antonio on the board en route to a 4-2 victory Tuesday. He has tallied six runs in his previous three games for the Missions. The Padres' No. 2 prospect is hitting .333 in 24 at-bats this month. Gameday »

June 6: Two hits, two runs on Sunday
CJ Abrams filled his box score with two singles, two runs and an RBI in a 9-2 victory for Double-A San Antonio on Sunday. The Padres' No. 2 prospect went 5-for-10 with five runs scored in two games this weekend. That success raised his batting average to .300 through 23 games this season. Gameday »

June 5: Trifecta of hits, runs in blowout
CJ Abrams made sure to remind everyone his ankle is just fine. The No. 8 overall prospect in baseball scored three runs for Double-A San Antonio and slapped three singles in a 3-for-5 night. Abrams also walked for good measure. The Missions flattened Springfield 17-1 as every San Antonio starter reached base multiple times. Abrams' average is creeping back up to .300 as it now sits at .294. Gameday »

June 4: Collects RBI in hitless night
Despite a hitless performance, CJ Abrams still managed to make an impact for Double-A San Antonio, tallying an RBI on a first-inning groundout. Abrams went 0-for-4 on the night as his average dipped to .275. He has just two hits in his past 14 at-bats since returning from an ankle injury. Gameday »

June 3: Second straight game with a stolen base
Abrams returned to a designated hitter role after appearing for six innings at shortstop last night. And while San Diego is monitoring Abrams' return to play from a foot injury closely, he continues to receive a green light on the basepaths, stealing a base for the second straight game. San Diego's no. 2 prospect played all nine innings tonight, recording a single, a sacrifice fly, a run scored, and a hit by pitch in addition to his stolen base. We'll see if Abrams returns to the field for a full nine innings tomorrow. Gameday »

June 2: Slaps hit and steals bag in return to field
After being held out of Tuesday's game, CJ Abrams returned to play shortstop Wednesday. The No. 8 overall prospect in baseball slapped a single and stole a base in his return, going 1-for-3 on the night before being lifted for a defensive replacement in the seventh inning. Abrams has reached base in all but two games this season. Gameday »