The San Diego Padres were defeated by the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-5 Thursday night in the first game of a four-game set.

The Friars have scuffled in May to the tune of a 12-14 record and have been hampered by injuries to key players.

First baseman Yonder Alonso, center fielder Wil Myers and right hander Brandon Morrow are all currently on the 15-day disabled list, and were all big contributors in April.

Alonso may be the closest returning, after beginning a rehab assignment in Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, and is expected to join Triple-A El Paso Friday. Before heading to the disabled list with a bone bruise in his shoulder, Alonso was leading the team with a .333 average.

He could rejoin the team as early as Monday.

Myers is making progress on a left wrist injury that landed him on the 15-day disabled list, but is still 7-10 days from returning, according to manager Bud Black.

A wrist examination this past Tuesday showed their was “marked improvement” to the wrist.  Since Myers—the team’s leadoff hitter— landed on the disabled list, Friars leadoff hitters are 8-48.

Morrow, who has been dealing with right shoulder inflammation, threw 45 pitches in a simulated game Thursday. He was 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA before heading to the disabled list on May 5.

“Since I started throwing again it’s all been positive,” Morrow said per ESPN. “I haven’t had any setbacks or soreness.”

Morrow is expected to throw this weekeend, and if all goes well, he could begin a rehab assignment next week.

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