Banged-up Bogaerts hopes to avoid trip to IL

Banged-up Bogaerts hopes to avoid trip to IL

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    “I probably haven’t played this long with it,” Bogaerts told reporters, according to “I knew Manny was hurt and I felt like I want to go out there, and I want to be there. Obviously, now he’s back. … Let’s see how it is. Then once it’s feeling right, all we’ve got to work on is getting rid of the bad habits you created with that.”

    Padres manager Bob Melvin said Bogaerts will undergo further examination and likely miss Sunday’s game against the Cubs.

    “He was feeling it — it looked like the last couple at-bats almost on every swing,” Melvin said, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. “We’ll take a look at him tomorrow, probably end up giving him an off day. We’ll see how he responds.”

    Bogaerts, 30, is batting .252 with seven home runs and 21 RBIs in 57 games this season, the first of his 11-year, $280 million deal with the Padres. The five-time Silver Slugger got off to a hot start but is batting just .195 over his past 32 games and has only one home run since May 1.