Villanueva got a rare start at shortstop Friday, going 0-for-3 in a spring loss to the Royals.
AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports that the reason for the corner infielder starting at short is to prepare for the scenario where the Padres don't keep a backup shortstop on their Opening Day roster, which hints at Villanueva -- who has played some shortstop in the minors, making the cut. The 26-year-old is batting .314 (11-for-32) with three homers and 13 RBI this spring after posting similar numbers in his brief taste of the majors last season (.344 with four homers in 32 plate appearances). Add in the fact that Villanueva would have to pass through waivers if San Diego wanted to send him to the minors and his case for making the 25-man roster as a backup infielder becomes even stronger.
Villanueva (forearm) went 0-for-2 Monday against the Royals.
Villanueva left Saturday's game against the Indians with a cut on his left forearm, but he was able to take the field Monday and should be good to go. The 26-year-old is 10-for-26 with three home runs and 11 RBI through 11 spring training games and looks to be in good shape to make the Opening Day roster if he continues to play at a high level. However, even if he does make the cut, Villanueva's fantasy value will likely be restricted with Eric Hosmer and Chase Headley at the two positions that he plays.
Villanueva sustained a cut on his left forearm and was scratched from Saturday's lineup against the Indians, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
It sounds like Villanueva suffered the injury in some sort of accident but there was no additional information given by the team. He should be considered day-to-day and there should be an update on his status in the near future once more information is revealed.
Green added, ""He did really well for us last year. We're excited about what he brings. He's out of options right now. He's a guy who we want to do everything we possibly can to have here. The best thing about him for me is the way he took to the challenges this off season. He reported in really good shape. He worked incredibly hard. I think we're excited about where he is physically. Villanueva can flat swing the bat. He has a chance to play. How much he plays is dictated by how well he plays." Long story short, it seems like Villanueva's past performance has him on a path to San Diego. Despite this, his fantasy impact is likely limited given the acquisitions of Eric Hosmer and Chase Headley at the two positions Villanueva plays. This likely creates a roster crunch that could leave either Carlos Asuaje or Cory Spangenberg without a spot in the majors, although things will likely become sorted out later this spring.
Villanueva is in the mix for an Opening Day roster spot heading into spring training, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
At this point, Villanueva seems to be on the outside of the active roster looking in, but he could force the issue if he hits like he did last year. At Triple-A El Paso, he produced an .897 OPS thanks to 50 extra-base hits. He then impressed with a .344 batting average and four home runs during a 12-game stint in San Diego. He is one of the few right-handed hitters vying for a reserve infield spot, but it seems like Carlos Asuaje and Cory Spangenberg have a leg up on him at the moment.
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