Cordero (elbow) will make his 2018 winter-league debut with Leones del Escogido on Tuesday. Cordero is set to return to active competition for the first time since June. The Padres picked up on a mechanical change Cordero was making to compensate for a bone spur in his left elbow and ultimately sent him for surgery to have it removed. Before going down with the injury, Cordero showed flashes, but he continued to strike out at a high rate (35.7 percent) and routinely misread balls off the bat in the outfield. He will have to fight for a job in spring training.
Cordero (elbow) played catch prior to Friday's game Friday against the Rockies, Katie Woo of MLB.com reports. It was Cordero's first reported on-field activity since he was placed on the disabled list May 28 with a bone spur in his right elbow. While the Padres haven't officially ruled out a late-September return for the rookie outfielder, it's more likely that he'll remain on the DL for the rest of the season and prepare for a winter-ball assignment. Cordero should be healthy well in advance of spring training and will look to win a starting role in the outfield.
Padres manager Andy Green said that Cordero is leaning toward undergoing surgery to address a bone chip in his right elbow, Bill Center of MLB.com reports. "The expectation right now is that he's going to opt for surgery and go ahead and get that taken care of and move forward that way," Green said. "His return is unlikely this year, but hopefully he'd be ready to play winter ball and be back with us next spring and ready to go." Even if Cordero opts against surgery and treats the injury through alternative methods, there's a good chance the Padres would shut him down well into the second half, as the club has little incentive to rush the 23-year-old back into action amid a non-contending season. Getting surgery in the coming weeks would allow Cordero to enter the 2019 campaign at full strength, though it would officially end what had been a promising rookie year for the outfielder, who supplied 13 extra-base hits and stole five bases in 40 games before hitting the disabled list in late May. If healthy next spring, the toolsy Cordero is a strong candidate to break camp with a full-time role and will have plenty of appeal as a post-hype sleeper.
Cordero (elbow) was shifted to the 60-day disabled list Thursday. Cordero won't be eligible to return until at least July 27 as a result of the move, which frees up a roster spot for the return of Colin Rea (lat). Cordero is currently contemplating surgery for a bone spur in his right elbow that would potentially sideline him for the remainder of the season.
Cordero is heading to the Padres' Peoria Sports Complex Wednesday to determine whether he'll need surgery for a bone spur in his right elbow. Cordero was shut down in the middle of a rehab at-bat after feeling something in his elbow Sunday. An MRI revealed that what he felt was a bone spur. If he does indeed need surgery, he could miss an extended period of time, potentially the entire season, though it's possible he'll be able to rest the elbow and play again sooner. More should be known after further evaluation Wednesday.