Hedges out of lineup with neck stiffness

July 5th, 2017

CLEVELAND -- Prior to their game against the Indians at Progressive Field on Wednesday, the Padres scratched catcher from the lineup.

Hedges -- who was expected to have Thursday off for the series finale -- experienced neck stiffness in his pregame warmup, and Padres manager Andy Green opted to give him Wednesday off. Hedges was scheduled to hit ninth, but replaced him in the lineup and behind the dish.

"He started taking some swings and was immediately stiff," Green said before the game. "He started feeling it in his neck and just had a hard time getting loose. So he went to the training room, and they've been working on him since."

While the neck stiffness was enough to keep Hedges out of the lineup on Wednesday, Green said that he was not too concerned about the injury going forward.

"I don't think it is anything serious or long term, at least it doesn't appear that way at all," Green said. "... [We'll] see how he rebounds. If he is able to catch tomorrow, he will. If not, we'll just give him a couple of days. But I don't, based on how he feels right now, anticipate anything being long term."

In 72 games this season, Hedges is hitting .214 with 11 homers, nine doubles, 36 RBIs and 13 walks. He is in the midst of a 5-for-30 stretch, where he has doubled, driven in two, walked twice and struck out 10 times.

Capps lands on Minor League DL

Reliever was placed on the seven-day DL for Triple-A El Paso with an ankle injury, Green said.

"From my understanding, he was doing some conditioning exercises and twisted his ankle," Green said. "He twisted it pretty good. I don't know how long that is, but I heard it was not minor. So we'll see how long that puts him out for."

Capps is in the Minor Leagues working his way back from Tommy John surgery that kept him out for the entire 2016 season. The right-hander was traded from the Marlins to the Padres in late June last season.