Villanueva (finger) has been shut down for the season, MLB.com's AJ Cassavell reports. Villanueva suffered a fractured middle finger Aug. 22 and was expected to miss 3-4 weeks. With nothing to play for over the final weeks of the season, the club formally shut down its young infielder for the 2018 campaign. Villanueva should be ready to compete for a starting job in camp next year after slashing .236/.299/.450 with 20 homers over 384 plate appearances in his first full season with the Friars.
Villanueva underwent X-rays on Wednesday that revealed a fractured right middle finger, which will sideline him for 3-to-4 weeks, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. Villanueva was already expected to miss 10 days after being placed on the disabled list Wednesday, but the back end of the updated timetable makes it possible that his 2018 season is over. The 27-year-old had fallen into a backup infield role after slashing .236/.299/.450 over 110 games this year. A corresponding move will be made Thursday to provide infield depth for the Padres.
Villanueva will be placed on the disabled list with a fractured finger, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. Villanueva was reportedly battling a "nagging" finger issue, but the issue is apparently more serious. It's not clear how long he'll be out. A corresponding move to fill his bench role is expected to come Thursday.
Villanueva is battling a nagging right middle finger injury, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. The nature of the injury is not clear, but the way it was described makes it sound as though it isn't a particularly serious one. He's not in the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies but could be available to pinch hit.
Villanueva received his first career start at the keystone Friday, going 1-for-3 with a double in a loss to Arizona. Villanueva had been working on his defense at second base, and he was finally rewarded with his first start at the position. The added defensive eligibility should help the slugger earn some extra starts against southpaws, but Wil Myers and Cory Spangenberg appear to be the Friars' primary options against righties at third base and second base respectively, limiting Villanueva's fantasy value for the time being.
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