San Diageo Padres second baseman Yangervis Solarte was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. Solarte initially hurt himself warming up for Tuesday’s contest against the Chicago Cubs, and had to be replaced by Chase d’Arnaud after taking a faulty swing.
“Solarte can be expected to be out for the next one to three weeks,” The Fantasy Doctors’ Dr. Jesse Morse said. “The injury will require Solarte to rest, go through a modified rehabilitation process and he may need an MRI to confirm that he has a grade 1 or 2 strain.”
The news comes as a major blow for Solarte on multiple fronts. After a poor April start, Solarte has completed turned his game around in May, as he was slashing .337 with seven home runs over his last 25 games to bring his 2017 totals to a .268 batting average with 10 dingers and 40 runs batted in. Now, Solarte is going to have to find a way to keep his bat hot at the plate while sidelined.
As a prime trade candidate for the 29-44 Padres with a player-friendly deal until 2018, Solarte figured to be one of the first guys out of San Diego, and he still may be despite the strained oblique. But the injury does not help his case, though playoff contenders sure would love a versatile infielder who is just finding his stroke right now. Also, due to the MLB’s rule requiring one player from every team on an All-Star team roster, Solarte had figured to be the most likely selection from the Padres. But if his oblique ailment carries over into early July, Solarte may have to forgo the All-Star game in favor of further treatment.
Fantasy-wise, the injury certainly does not help Solarte owners either. Although he may only be out for another week, San Diego’s cleanup hitter had become a valuable option as a starting infielder recently, as he was owned in nearly 46 percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues before hitting the disabled list. Still, though, with Solarte’s major improvements over the past month, it may be worth holding onto the 29-year old to see if his swing carries over into August and September.
In a corresponding move, the Padres called up second baseman Carlos Asuaje from Triple-A as a potential replacement in Solarte’s absense.