Key injuries represent season for Padres
LOS ANGELES -- The news that first baseman Yonder Alonso will miss as many as 10 days with soreness in his right hand hardly fazed Padres manager Bud Black on Saturday.
By now, he's used to it.
By the time the regular season ends on Sept. 29, the Padres will have had four projected regulars in their lineup miss at least 30 games -- and some more than that.
Alonso, left fielder Carlos Quentin, center fielder Cameron Maybin and second baseman Jedd Gyorko and catcher Yasmani Grandal have missed significant time to the disabled list this season.
Another player, All-Star shortstop Everth Cabrera is missing the last 50 games of the regular season after he was suspended earlier this month for his ties to the Biogenesis clinic.
Third baseman Chase Headley missed the first 14 games of the season while recovering from a fractured left thumb. He's missed the last three days with back spasms.
"No one is going to feel sorry for us," Black said. "It's not ideal. You want the group you project on your Major League team playing."
What does this mean for the final month of the season with Quentin, Maybin, Cabrera and Grandal out the rest of the way?
"Guys with lesser service time are going to play," Black said.