Baxter hurts thumb on diving attempt
Will see team's hand specialist in San Diego on Monday
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Outfielder Mike Baxter suffered an injury to his left thumb Friday, as he attempted to make a diving catch on a ball hit by Alberto Callaspo of the Angels.
"Sometimes you go backhand side, and the glove gets caught underneath you," Baxter said Saturday night. "It was sore, and when I came in this morning, it became swollen and tight."
Baxter missed Saturday's game against the Cubs in Peoria and instead had a scan of the thumb, as ordered by team physician Jan Fronek. He did not play on Sunday, either.
San Diego general manager Jed Hoyer said on Sunday that Baxter will fly to San Diego on Monday to see the team's hand specialist to determine if there's ligament damage to the thumb.
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"We're in a holding pattern right now," Baxter said. "I think it will be fine. If I had to bet, I'd bet it will be OK."
Baxter, who later had a hit in the game Friday with the sore thumb, is hitting .370 thus far in Cactus League play, with two home runs and four RBIs in 27 at-bats.
Baxter, who a year ago had 58 extra-base hits with Triple-A Portland before he earned a promotion, is likely set to return to Triple-A this season.
In other news, the Padres sent outfielder Luis Durango to their Minor League camp on Saturday.