Abington Heights grad Corey Spangenberg injured, sits out Padres game


Abington Heights graduate Cory Spangenberg left Saturday night’s San Diego Padres game and sat out Sunday with a bone contusion and swelling in his left knee.

An MRI showed no tendon or ligament damage, according to multiple reports out of San Diego and the Padres were waiting to see if they needed to place Spangenberg on the disabled list or if he would be ready to return within days.

The second baseman was hit hard on a slide by Arizona’s Nick Ahmed in the first inning of Saturday’s game.

Though limping, Spangenberg remained in the game and had a double in the fourth inning. He advanced to third base on a wild pitch, but was having trouble running and was removed from the game for a pinch hitter at that point.

Spangenberg was coming off a 3-for-3 effort Friday night in which the scored the game’s tying and winning runs.

After opening the year as a frequently-used utility player, Spangenberg took over the Padres’ starting second base job about a month into the season.

Spangenberg made his Major League debut last September, batting .290 with two homers, nine RBI and four stolen bases in 20 games.

This season, Spangenberg is hitting .254 with eight doubles, two triples, two homers, 11 RBI and seven stolen bases in 67 games.

In addition to starting 38 games and playing two others at second base, Spangenberg has started in seven of his nine appearances at third base. He also came off the bench to play right field twice and center field and left field once each in addition to serving as a pinch hitter and pinch runner.

After committing five errors in just 16 games at multiple positions last season, Spangenberg has only one error this season. He has been involved in 23 double plays while playing second base.

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