Injury updates on Kouz, Blanks …
Happy Friday everyone. Back at PETCO Park after the 4-2 road trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Padres play the first of three games against Colorado and three more against Arizona.
Anyway, here’s a few injury updates on third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff (strained left calf) and outfielder Kyle Blanks (strained arch, right foot).
Corey Brock, MLB.com, Padres.com, Twitter
SAN DIEGO – Padres third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, who leads the team in RBIs (84) and is the current Major League leader in fielding percentage at his position, will likely miss the next six games.
Padres manager Bud Black said that Kouzmanoff, who strained his left calf Tuesday in San Francisco, “won’t be available the next few days.”
“I think probably the road trip makes sense,” Black said.
The Padres opened a three-game series Friday against the Colorado Rockies with three more games following this series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Padres head out on their final road trip on Sept. 18.
Kouzmanoff said the injury occurred when fielded a ball hit to him by San Francisco’s Juan Uribe to start the eighth inning on Tuesday. Kouzmanoff missed the Padres game Wednesday against the Giants.
“It was a ball to my left, and when I got it, I planted on my left foot to get in position to throw to first base,” Kouzmanoff said on Wednesday. “That’s when it happened.”
Black said Friday that Kouzmanoff was “sore.” Kouzmanoff was getting treatment prior to the game and wasn’t available for comment.
The Padres gave Chase Headley his second consecutive start at third base. Headley will likely see most of the playing time at third base with Kouzmanoff sidelined.
Kouzmanoff is hitting .257 with 17 home runs and 84 RBIs, which ties his career high he set a year ago. He’s hitting .281 since the All-Star break with 37 RBIs in 52 games.
Kouzmanoff also leads all Major League third baseman in fielding percentage for players at his position (.990) and has committed three errors this season.
Also on the injury front Friday, outfielder Kyle Blanks, on the disabled list since Aug. 29 with a strained arc in his right foot, has been fitted for insoles and prescription orthotics that will likely arrive in the next few weeks he said.
With 20 games remaining after Friday’s game against the Rockies, it’s not looking good for a return for Blanks.
“I would love to think so [that he can play this season] but realistically, it’s tough to say,” Blanks said. “My goal is to be physically ready to play. I want it to happen fast.”