Joey Wendle's shoulder hurts

Posted by Jason Wojciechowski on March 18, 2017 at 12:46 PM

Joey Wendle isn't able to play right now because of a shoulder problem. There's no actual damage, he says to Susan Slusser, but it's enough to keep him from throwing or doing anything other than some drills. It's these fringe type of players who most cannot afford to get hurt in the spring—if he was going to make the roster, he was going to have to do some major damage with the bat to convince the team they'd rather keep him around despite the fact that he doesn't play shortstop, and instead cut Adam Rosales loose. This is particularly so given that he's being chased from the bottom by Chad Pinder, who can make Rosales expendable by virtue of his positional flexibility, and Franklin Barreto. Wendle's in a squeeze, and it's hard to see a path toward playing time for him even if he's healthy and ripping line drives in spring.