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Myers leaves game with neck tightness

March 16, 2017

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Padres first baseman William Myers left Thursday's Cactus League game against the Royals with neck tightness, but manager Andy Green said Myers was feeling better shortly after returning to the dugout.Myers had reached first base on a fielding error and apparently turned his head at an awkward

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Padres first baseman William Myers left Thursday's Cactus League game against the Royals with neck tightness, but manager Andy Green said Myers was feeling better shortly after returning to the dugout.
Myers had reached first base on a fielding error and apparently turned his head at an awkward time while hitting the bag. He stayed in the game, but after he went to third on a Hunter Renfroe double, Green was called out to third base by coach Glenn Hoffman, and Green escorted Myers back to the dugout.
"We thought it best to pull him off the field and let the spasm resolve," Green said after Thursday's 13-3 loss to the Royals. "I don't think there's any long-term concern. In the dugout he said he was completely fine."
Myers walked back to the team's complex with a member of the training staff. Green said he already was lobbying to be back on the field on Friday.
Worth noting
• Infielder Ryan Schimpf has been out of game action since Mar. 5 with left oblique tightness, but he was back on the practice field Thursday. His patience to let the injury heal, while tested, has paid off.
"We're all wired to stretch it," Schimpf said. "That's kind of how it works. You've always got the itch to go out there and work. Any time anyone has something come up, you want to be healthy so you can't push it."
Green said it won't be long before Schimpf will be ready to roll in Cactus League competition. He last played in a game on Mar. 5, his fourth appearance of the spring.
"In the next few days, we hope to get him back in a game," Green said.
• Right-hander Carter Capps, making his way back from Tommy John surgery, made his first appearance in a game situation Thursday on a back field at the Padres' complex, and Green said all went according to plan.
• Veteran right-hander Jered Weaver will make his next outing in a Minor League game on Friday rather than playing in the stadium against the NL West-rival Dodgers. He'll be joined by Brandon Maurer, Ryan Buchter and Brad Hand. Meanwhile, Austin Hedges will be back behind the plate for the first time since March 9 in the night game vs. the Dodgers, hoping to catch five innings or so.
• Lefty Buddy Baumann was involved in a bicycle accident -- his front tire blew out and he flew off the bike -- and has been off for three days with soreness related to the accident, but Green said he has no structural damage.

John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnSchlegelMLB.