Wil Myers is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
After two seasons of wrist injuries — (complicated by tendinitis) — Myers finally received the green light to begin swinging again within the next week, after a bone spur was removed from his left wrist exactly one month ago today.
“My goal is just to get healthy, just to get back to 100-percent,” he said. “I know if I’m 100-percent I can play at the level I want to.”
“It sucks because this is my third year in the big leagues and I have yet to play a full season,” he added. “It’s tough. It’s just the way it goes sometimes.”
Myers, who received the American League Rookie of the Year award in 2013, was called up in June of that season. He missed half the season in 2014 because of wrist problems and has played in just 35 games this year.
Before initially going on the disabled list in mid-May, Myers was one of the Padres’ most productive players at the plate, hitting .291 with five home runs and 19 RBIs.
The good news is that taking out the bone spur should eliminate any future problems.
“It sucks, but I won’t ever have this come up again, and that’s the big thing,” Myers said.
The 24-year-old first went on the disabled list May 10, before being activated about a month later. He played in three consecutive games, then returned to the disabled list with lingering wrist injuries and underwent surgery shortly afterward.
The plan is to take the next phase slow, Myers cautioned, to avoid further setbacks. The hope is that he could return to the roster by mid-August.
“When I started working back into swinging the first time after I came back, it was quick because I’d only been out three weeks,” Myers said, referring to how soon he saw game action after he began hitting again. “This is coming back after surgery and rehab and I haven’t played really in the last two months. So I foresee this one being a little slower than last time, but not by much.”
He was adamant that he would return to big league games in 2015, though.
“There’s no chance of waiting until next season,” he said. “I’m definitely going to come back whether it’s three weeks or six weeks. I’m going to play this year as long as there are no crazy setbacks.”
As for where he’ll play when he returns? Padres manager Pat Murphy said he could see time at several positions.
“He’ll play some first base for sure,” Murphy said. “I know he’s capable of playing the outfield. We’ve got some options. There could be a clear opening where he could play somewhere full-time, or there could be some mix and match. Yonder [Alonso] could get time at third.
“We don’t want to create too much movement all over the diamond, but Yonder’s practiced there so you could see that,” Murphy added. “You could see Wil in center. But yeah, that is part of our thinking going forward.”