Shortstop Matt Bush, who came back from a broken leg only to battle hamstring injuries throughout the rest of the season, was shelved again with tightness in his hamstring.
Bush had felt some tightness the day before and was felled by the hamstring the following day after batting practice.
The team is unsure of the timetable of his return. Bush has been granted leave Arizona for the week to attend a family matter and will be reevaluated when he returns.
Grady Fuson, the Padres' vice president of scouting and player development, didn't think it was too serious.
"It was just some tightness and not the hamstring problems that have plagued him this year."
After missing most of the season, Bush was hoping to get back on track during the Instructional League but the lost year of development continues.
While he did play a few games at second near the end of the year for Fort Wayne, Antonelli has been used exclusively there in Peoria. With Felix Carrasco and David Freese entrenched at third in Arizona, and Rayner Contreras moving over to shortstop, along with his second base duties, to make up for the loss of Bush, Antonelli and Tom King are manning second.
The Wake Forest alumni has taken to the new position and has picked up some of the more technical aspects that are new to him – such as turning the double play and placing the ball at the right angle to help the shortstop not get killed.
A fifth backstop aids in the daily throwing schedule of the myriad of pitchers working out. Stocco's familiarity with many of the young pitchers in Peoria will also help in his assimilation to the daily grind.
Outfielders are learning to play balls off the wall, read the ball off the bat, and working on the fundamentals of throwing. Infielders learn to battle the hazards of the infield, turn two, and field the bunt. Even the pitchers aren't immune to PFP – pitcher's fielding practice – as they field bunts, throw to different bases and work on communication between all of their teammates.
Felix Carrasco had a rough time in the Arizona heat this summer but has made strides this fall. He made a beautiful one-handed pick and throw on a bunt and picked a tough short-hopper off the infield dirt. His throwing mechanics have also been cleaned up.
The fielding overall has been excellent. And the coaching staff has expressed that approval to the team. Playing error-free ball has allowed the team to stay close in each of the contests over the past week.
Nathan Staggs and Wade LeBlanc sat together to discuss just that. They saw the success of Andrew Miller and Matt Buschmann and applauded the success of each, wondering how they can incorporate certain aspects of their game into their repertoire of knowledge.