SAN DIEGO -- Padres manager Andy Green indicated that William Myers could be activated from the 10-day disabled list on Monday, the first day the outfielder is eligible to return from a left foot contusion."He was out moving around, doing some defensive work earlier today. He needs to check the box running
SAN DIEGO -- Padres manager Andy Green indicated that William Myers could be activated from the 10-day disabled list on Monday, the first day the outfielder is eligible to return from a left foot contusion.
"He was out moving around, doing some defensive work earlier today. He needs to check the box running the bases," Green said. "I fully expect to see him back here very, very quickly. I don't want to put a deadline on Monday because if he goes out and runs the bases today and it doesn't feel good, then we might back off a little bit. But I think we're very, very close to seeing Wil back active."
When Myers does return, the Padres could be in for a minor logjam in the corner outfield. Hunter Renfroe and Franmil Reyes have combined to go 19-for-40 with seven homers and 17 RBIs in the six games since Myers hit the DL, punctuated by the pair's big night against the Brewers in Thursday's 8-4 win.
Myers has been taking grounders at third recently, which could give the Padres a lineup with as many big bats as possible.
"I like third, it's fun. I do enjoy it," Myers said. "I'm just getting reps over there for the option. I think that's what I'm trying to do over there, give the team an option, just in case something happens."
Green presented it less as a dilemma and more as evidence that the rebuilding Padres are moving in the right direction.
"It'll all play itself out in time and if everybody is trying to figure out what's going to happen a week from now, it usually turns into a bad situation for everybody," Green said. "Every good team in baseball has guys that could be, or should be, playing every day in the Major Leagues that aren't playing every day in the Major Leagues. That's a sign that you're starting to become a good team."
Padres DFA Hughes
In order to make roster space for Jacob Nix during the right-hander's debut against the Phillies on Friday night, the Padres designated veteran reliever Phil Hughes for assignment, ending the 32-year-old's three-month tenure in San Diego.
When a player's contract is designated for assignment -- often abbreviated "DFA" -- that player is immediately removed from his club's 40-man roster, and 25-man roster if he was on that, as well. Within seven days of the transaction (it was previously 10 days), the player must either be traded, released or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.
Hughes posted a 6.10 ERA in 20 2/3 innings with the Padres, striking out 24 and yielding seven homers. He was acquired from the Twins in May along with the 74th overall pick in the MLB Draft for Minor League catcher Janigson Villalobos.
"The time we had with him, tremendous dude," Green said. "I hear from my wife that he's unbelievable on Twitter, too. I don't know that, but she tells me that. He's just a great guy in the clubhouse. He wasn't getting a ton of opportunity to pitch because we're moving in a different direction, but grateful for the time he was in a Padres uniform and definitely wish him the absolute best."
• Major League Baseball announced Friday that Padres Minor Leaguer Diego Goris had received a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. The 27-year-old was hitting .265/.299/.397 this season with seven homers in 342 plate appearances for Triple-A El Paso.
• Every member of the Padres' current six-man rotation is expected to make at least one more turn in the rotation, but Green said the team might evaluate the group when the schedule hits an off-day.
• Eric Lauer pitched long toss on Friday. Green said the right-hander is feeling well, but he's not expected to return in the next 10 days.
Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jfordbaer.