Urias, Allen fend off injury scares

March 7th, 2019

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Padres infielder Luis Urias and left-handed pitcher Logan Allen fell victim to injury scares against the White Sox on Tuesday. Urias was scratched with what the club called general fatigue in his hamstrings. Allen exited early after he was struck by a liner in the thigh.

A day later, both Urias and Allen were back on schedule. Allen merely sustained a bruise -- albeit a nasty one. He's slated to throw a bullpen session Thursday. Urias took part in an early afternoon workout, and he's expected to play later this week. (His status for Thursday's game remains in question.)

"With every single guy in Spring Training, you err on the side of caution," said Green. “It's not an extraordinary circumstance there [with Urias]. ... Giving him a couple days, just seemed like better judgment."

Allen lobbied hard to stay on the mound Tuesday. After he was struck -- mere inches above his left knee -- he faced one batter, who walked. That's when Green re-emerged and called on his 'pen, much to Allen's dismay.

"I like that," Green said. "You'd rather see that. You don't want a guy saying, 'Please get me off this mound as fast as possible.' He wanted to be on the field, which is great.

"It's not a setback for him. It's not going to keep him from competing for a rotation spot. He'll throw a side [session] tomorrow, and we expect him to throw on schedule in a few days."

Covering the bases

First: Fernando Tatis Jr. continued his red-hot spring with two more hits on Wednesday night. He led off the game with a stand-up triple (though he was aided by some shoddy Matt Kemp defense in left field) and he tacked on a single in the third. After going 2-for-4, Tatis is hitting .318 this spring with a 1.127 OPS.

Second: With two solid Cactus League starts, Jacob Nix appeared to have established himself as a rotation front-runner. He took a step back in that quest Wednesday, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks.

Said Green: "He wasn't sharp. He pitched behind all day, and when you do that, you're not going to be successful."

Third: The Padres brought a handful of prospects from Minor League camp to Goodyear. At one point, the entire middle of the field was manned by players younger than 20: 18-year-old Tirso Ornelas in center and 19-year-olds Tucupita Marcano and Gabriel Arias at short. All three rank among the Padres' top 30 prospects.

Home: As expected, Travis Jankowski underwent surgery to repair the fractured scaphoid bone in his right wrist on Wednesday. His expected recovery time is three months.

Up next

Left-hander Nick Margevicius has been, arguably, the surprise of camp for the Padres. In five innings, he’s allowed one run on two hits with six strikeouts -- with all of those innings coming against legit big league competition. Still a long shot to make the big league roster, Margevicius will take the ball Thursday against Texas at 12:10 p.m. PT in a game airing on MLB.TV.