However by way of the Padres’ lineup development, that place change is irrelevant. Whether or not he was within the outfield or at shortstop, Tatis was enjoying.
It is the knock-on impact of Cronenworth’s harm that stings the Padres in an enormous manner. Cronenworth has been one of many Padres’ steadiest hitters and their foremost assist for Tatis and Manny Machado of their lineup. Take into account Saturday evening, the first game without Cronenworth. Tatis and Machado went 6-for-8 with all 4 of the crew’s RBIs. The remainder of the group went 2-for-26.
Suffice it to say, the Padres want Cronenworth again — and quick. He’s nonetheless coping with irritation in that fractured finger however may return earlier than the top of the highway journey. As soon as the swelling goes down, it’ll be a difficulty of ache tolerance, Cronenworth stated Sunday. To that finish, Cronenworth was fast to notice that he doesn’t grip the bat all that tightly, anyway.
“With Jake, the focus goes to be on getting that irritation out of there, which can give him just a little bit extra vary of movement when he’s gripping the bat,” Padres supervisor Jayce Tingler stated on Saturday. “However you actually don’t know on the ache tolerance. Once we get a few of that irritation out, I’m certain when he squares the ball up stable, there’s not going to be a lot problem. However for those who get it off the top of the bat, you get the vibration of the bat.”
1. The Padres are in a bind in opposition to righties
And because it simply so occurs, the Padres lined up with some fairly robust righties after Cronenworth’s harm — Walker Buehler and Max Scherzer this weekend, plus Anthony DeSclafani and Kevin Gausman throughout their four-game sequence in San Francisco. Left fielder Tommy Pham crammed Cronenworth’s spot within the lineup on Sunday, however the right-handed batter is hitting .194 with a .645 OPS within the second half, coming into Sunday, and has traditionally struggled in opposition to righties. Swap-hitter Jurickson Profar, who is best in opposition to right-handers, is an choice for left subject, however he is slumping, too.
2. Who begins in opposition to lefties?
Not a difficulty within the speedy future, but when the Padres match up with a left-hander earlier than Cronenworth returns, they’re going to have some attention-grabbing selections. For probably the most half, left-handed batters Trent Grisham and Eric Hosmer sit in opposition to lefties, and Adam Frazier typically does, too. In principle, the Padres would wish to start out two of these three now. In any other case, they might begin Jake Marisnick or use each of their catchers with Austin Nola within the infield. Within the midst of a decent playoff race, none of these are significantly interesting choices.
3. What’s up with the bench?
Most likely not probably the most urgent problem proper now, however with Cronenworth out, the Padres are skinny on their bench. Since rosters expanded, they’ve chosen to make use of these two additional roster spots on pitchers. But it surely’s value questioning whether or not a type of spots can be higher spent on a power-hitting bench bat, maybe Brian O’Grady and even catcher Luis Campusano , who has 15 homers at Triple-A El Paso and is ranked by MLB Pipeline because the group’s No. 2 prospect.
In any case, the Padres ought to have a solution on Cronenworth quickly sufficient. The swelling is predicted to subside within the subsequent day or two. Then he’ll be capable of check his hand. Cronenworth famous that the fracture occurred on the tip of the finger, maybe portending much less of a difficulty gripping the bat.
If Cronenworth doesn’t land on the injured record earlier than the sequence opener in San Francisco on Monday, that’ll be a optimistic signal. (It might be the newest the Padres may wait whereas nonetheless backdating a 10-day IL stint to the day of the harm.)
“We’re going to have to attend and see over the subsequent couple days,” Tingler stated. “However the principle focus proper now could be simply getting it handled and getting that irritation out of there.”