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Foot bruise lands Myers on disabled list

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CHICAGO -- The Padres placed left fielder Wil Myers on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday with a left foot contusion/bone bruise, retroactive to Friday.

Outfielder Franmil Reyes was recalled from Triple-A El Paso, and he was available for Saturday's game vs. the Cubs at Wrigley Field, a 5-4 loss.

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CHICAGO -- The Padres placed left fielder Wil Myers on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday with a left foot contusion/bone bruise, retroactive to Friday.

Outfielder Franmil Reyes was recalled from Triple-A El Paso, and he was available for Saturday's game vs. the Cubs at Wrigley Field, a 5-4 loss.

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"It's one of those fluke things you really can't do anything about," manager Andy Green said. "You never know with these types of things -- how long it takes to get ... guys to start weight bearing again, to feel good and ready to go. Hopefully, it's not long at all, but we'll wait and see."

Myers was removed from Thursday's game in the sixth inning after fouling a ball off his left foot during a fifth-inning at-bat. X-rays taken after the game were negative, and an MRI and CT scan he received on Friday did not show a fracture.

Luckily for Myers, the foul ball did not directly hit any of his toes -- which are more susceptible to fracturing than the top of his foot. He pointed to the spot on his left foot, just below the divide between his big and second toes, to indicate where the ball got him.

"It would've been bad if it would've caught one of those bones there," Myers said. "It got in the middle of that, so it's more of just the swelling and the bleeding inside. Just gotta get rid of that."

Green did not want to downplay the significance of the injury, despite there being no fracture in Myers' foot.

Myers is expected to need three to five days in a walking boot before he can start putting more weight on his foot again. From there, his return will depend on how quickly he can progress in regaining enough strength in his foot to resume baseball activities -- and, soon after, play at full speed.

"In three to five days, this thing should give," Myers said. "It's more muscular than anything. There's not as much bone or ligaments [there], so the muscle tends to heal quicker.

"[The medical staff] said between the three- and five-day mark is when I'll start to be able to really feel an improvement."

Green said he has "learned not to anticipate" when players will be back in the lineup because, at times, they take longer to recover than originally expected.

The best-case scenario, Green said, is Myers will be healthy enough to play when he is eligible to come off the DL. If Myers is out of action for just those 10 days, Green said his left fielder should still be fresh enough to not need a Minor League rehab assignment. Should he be sidelined for longer than that, a few Minor League games will probably be necessary.

In 38 Major League games this season before Saturday, Reyes was batting .221 with six homers in 111 plate appearances.

Lucchesi to start Sunday
Originally scheduled to pitch on Saturday, left-hander Joey Lucchesi is now slated to start Sunday's series finale against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

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The Padres scratched Lucchesi from Saturday's start after he caught a stomach bug and was throwing up on Friday. With temperatures in the 90s and the heat index breaking 100 degrees, Green said Saturday's conditions weren't "the ideal conditions for him to throw" while sick.

"We were going to have to put a spot starter in there anyway on Sunday," Green said. "Walker Lockett was fresh enough to go [on Saturday], so it just made sense to push Joey back a day."

Green said Lucchesi was out running and going through his day-before-starting routine before Saturday's game. The Padres planned to send him back to the team hotel once he was finished to rest up and to make sure he doesn't get anyone else sick.

Matthew Martell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.

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