Injuries

Well, I’m back. I’ve been struggling with illness the past week, so I haven’t been able to post. But thankfully, I’m feeling better. 

Kelly: Through the Rotator Cuff’s Rotating Door

The picture for the 2013 Padres continues to dampen. Just a few days ago, it was reported that young hurler Casey Kelly, 23, the last blue-chip piece remaining from the Adrian Gonzalez trade, may have to have rotator-cuff surgery. 

This is a devastating blow–not only because Kelly is the third promising young starter to have to undergo this surgery; last year, Corey Luebke and Joe Wieland also had to go through it. 

 While Kelly has opted for a second opinion, it seems most likely that he will undergo the procedure. 

What impact will this have? It will only serve to exacerbate the already mediocre starting rotation: Clayton Richard, Edinson Volquez, and some combination of Andrew Cashner, Anthony Bass, Jason Marquis, Freddy Garcia, Eric Stults, and Tim Stauffer. Not exactly a group that’s likely to inspire fear in opposing batters.

At last with Kelly, 23, there was hope that he would grow this year; but now, that hope is dashed.  As with Luebke and Wieland (and young right fielder Rymer Liriano), hope will have to be deferred to next season.

Hey GM Byrnes, how about working the phone lines for a trade?

Headley: Thumbs Down

Just recently, star third baseman Chase Headley fractured the tip of his finger while sliding into second base, trying to break up a double play. Headley will miss 4-6 weeks, meaning he may not be back until the end of April. 

In the short run, this hurts. Headley is their best ball player, hands-down. The clock was already ticking on him anyway (the Padres control him through 2014), so this hardly seems fair. But it is what it is. 

Thankfully, though, it could have been worse. There does not seem to be ligament damage–which would mean Headley missing action through June. So long-term, the damage will not be too bad. Headley should be back by the last week of April. 

In the meantime, third base is one position where the Padres are fairly deep. They could move Jedd Gyorko back to the hot corner for a few weeks, and have Alexei Amarista and Logan Forsythe share second base, play Forsythe at third, or have James Darnell hold it down once he recovers from his injuries. 

Come May, this will be but a distant memory.

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