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Padres Second Baseman’s Season is on Hold For Foreseeable Future

The San Diego Padres have placed Xander Bogaerts on the 10-day injured list with a fractured left shoulder. Bogaerts suffered the injury on an awkward dive Monday in Atlanta. According to Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune, the infielder doesn’t appear to be dealing with damage in his labrum and will avoid surgery. Bogaerts intends to play again this season, probably not until later in the summer. With Bogaerts out, Luis Arráez figures to move from the designated hitter role to see more playing time at second base.

Xander Bogaerts Out Indefinitely with Broken Shoulder

Outfielder David Peralta will take Bogaerts’ place on the active roster. Luis Patiño was transferred to the 60-day IL to open a spot for Peralta on the 40-man roster. Bogaerts, 31, appeared to be injured during Monday night’s 3-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves. In the third inning, Bogaerts landed awkwardly on his shoulder. He stopped the ball but he couldn’t complete the throw to first. He was taken out of the game and didn’t play in Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

Bogaerts was starting to put things together this season after a slow start. His .581 OPS is the lowest of his career so far. It’s a massive blow for the four-time All-Star who signed an 11-year, $280 million deal with the Padres prior to the 2023 season.

David Peralta is Back in the Majors

Peralta, 36, joined the Padres on a minor league deal last weekend. In 20 games with the Chicago Cubs Triple-A affiliate, he hit .217/.341/.348 with two home runs and eight RBI. Peralta was hitting .182 with one RBI and five strikeouts in three games with the Padres Triple-A affiliate. Peralta spent last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, slashing .259/.294/.381 with seven home runs and 55 RBI. He’s spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays.

The Padres Will Miss Bogaerts’ Presence

Bogaerts was the type of player to right the ship for the Pirates. However, that won’t be happening soon with the club sitting at 25-26. The Padres currently hold the final Wild Card spot in the National League. They will have to fight for that spot with Bogaerts out for some time. The veteran is hitting .219/.265/.316 for the season. He hit .285/.350/.440 for the Padres last year and had similar numbers for the Boston Red Sox in the five prior seasons.

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