Myers activated from 60-day DL
Padres youngster says he's fully recovered from wrist surgery
SAN DIEGO -- WIl Myers was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Friday and was in the lineup for the Padres for the first time since June 13.
Myers started at first base and batted sixth, going 0-for-4, but reaching base on a dropped third strike and stealing a base in the second inning of the 8-4 loss to the Dodgers. He moved to center field in the ninth.
The 24-year-old was the team's Opening Day starter in center field and played some at first base. Padres' starting first baseman Yonder Alonso is struggling with back tightness and is day to day. Assistant general manager Josh Stein said that he expects Alonso to be back during this homestand and that could affect where Myers will play.
"Everything feels 100 percent," Myers said. "It feels the way it felt before I got hurt. It's fine now, no problems, no pain -- everything feels normal."
The Padres recalled right-hander Cory Mazzoni from Triple-A El Paso and placed him on the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster for Myers.
Myers first landed on the disabled list May 19 with tendinitis in his left wrist. He came back June 11, only to land back on the DL four days later. On June 18, Myers had surgery to remove a bone spur that was causing the tendinitis.
"Obviously very hopeful that this is the last episode," Stein said. "When we went in and did the surgery for the bone spur we felt like that was the root cause of the issues in the wrist and that has now been removed."
Myers went on a three-game rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore on Tuesday. He started in all three games hitting leadoff, playing two games in center field and one at first base and going 2-for-9.
"After we sent him out on the rehab assignment three days ago, I don't think it was necessarily the plan to activate him after three games, but I think he felt good," Stein said. "His timing was very good, watching his at-bats, how he felt primarily, all those things kind of lined up and we felt like it was the right time to get him back out there."
Stein said the team discussed late Thursday night the possibility of having Myers continue his rehab assignment.
"This time of year you can do a lot of things, you can lobby, you can do a lot a lot of different things," interim manager Pat Murphy said. "Our decisions finally come down to a lot of different things. Wil is not in midseason form. Wil's not in the best situation going up to take at-bats, in terms of timing, and we feel like he is that talented that he can add something to the game tonight."
Myers was hitting .277/.327/.459 with five home runs and 19 RBIs in 35 games before his second stint on the disabled list.
• Reliever Brandon Maurer, who went on the DL with right-shoulder inflammation on Aug. 10, threw at 60 feet on Wednesday and experienced soreness afterwards. He is now back in the treatment phase.
"I don't think it is anything serious," Stein said. "And hopefully get him ramped back up so he can start a throwing progression and get back on the mound before the year [is over]. That's the goal obviously there is a timeline and we are running out of season, but that's our goal."
• Reliever Shawn Kelley was still unavailable for the Padres, as he is day to day with a right-forearm strain. Kelley felt discomfort when throwing a warmup pitch during Tuesday's game and exited.