MILWAUKEE -- Padres first baseman William Myers believes he's close to returning to his early-season form at the plate.The 26-year-old quenched his two-week power drought with a three-run homer to center field off Brewers starter Junior Guerra in the Padres' 6-5 extra-innings loss at Miller Park on Friday. He followed
MILWAUKEE -- Padres first baseman William Myers believes he's close to returning to his early-season form at the plate.
The 26-year-old quenched his two-week power drought with a three-run homer to center field off Brewers starter Junior Guerra in the Padres' 6-5 extra-innings loss at Miller Park on Friday. He followed it with a 441-foot game-tying solo shot off Brewers starter Chase Anderson in the sixth inning of Saturday's 7-5, 11-inning win.
"My swing is starting to feel pretty good over the last couple of days," Myers said. "I know I'm close. It's just one of those things that sometimes it lasts longer than you want, but you just keep showing up."
Myers got off to a hot start this season, hitting seven home runs and batting .310 in April. But his average dropped to .214 in May and his power production lagged, hitting just four home runs over 27 starts. He's brought his average up to .262 with three homers and seven RBIs over 13 games in June.
"You love to see him continue to kind of build on that and replicate it again and again," Padres manager Andy Green said. "I don't think he's far off from doing that."
Myers' fiery start included making franchise history when he became the second Padre to hit for the cycle on April 10, 2017. While he hasn't come close to repeating that feat, he has safely reached base in nine of his last 10 games and has hit three home runs in five career games at Miller Park.
"People have asked me, 'What are you doing to get better?' And you know, I'm working in the cage, but the biggest thing is just showing up every day," Myers said. "Keep getting out there and keep getting your four at-bats, because that's the only way you get out of it, but I felt like I'm very close. Just a couple days where I can square up maybe one or two pitches and get going from there. Just to get that confidence back."
Upcoming rehab stints for Weaver, Margot
Pitcher Jered Weaver, who is on the 10-day disabled list with left hip inflammation, will make a rehab start with Triple-A El Paso at Albuquerque on Thursday. Weaver threw a three-inning simulated game on Friday at Miller Park and felt good afterwards, according to Green. Weaver will stay with the Padres for the rest of their six-game road trip and will fly from Chicago to Albuquerque after a round of catch Wednesday. He will rejoin the team in San Diego on Friday after his rehab start.
Outfielder Manuel Margot ran the bases and took batting practice with the Padres on Saturday. Margot was placed on the 10-day DL with a strained right calf on May 25. Green said he's days away from a rehab start and will be evaluated further on Sunday.
*Carson Mason * is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Padres on Saturday.