The Padres are inserting third baseman Manny Machado on the 10-day injured checklist, per Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Machado had been recently diagnosed with a small fracture in his hand. Infielder/outfielder Brandon Dixon has been recalled in a corresponding transfer.
Machado was hit on his left hand by a pitch on Monday and preliminary X-rays got here again destructive, however a subsequent CT scan revealed the small fracture. The membership took a couple of days to see how the difficulty developed however have evidently determined to offer Machado a little bit of a breather to let him heal up. IL placements might be backdated by three days, which means Machado could possibly be again in every week if he feels higher by then.
The 30-year-old is off to a little bit of a sluggish begin this yr, hitting simply .231/.282/.372 by means of his first 170 plate appearances on the season. However he has a .263 batting common on balls in play for the yr, effectively beneath his profession mark of .300 and the .297 league common this yr. Given his profession batting line of .280/.339/.489, it will have been truthful to anticipate some constructive regression within the weeks to return however that can now have to attend.
It’s not fully clear how lengthy Machado might be sidelined. Supervisor Bob Melvin mentioned this night that Machado could possibly be again when first eligible for a street collection in opposition to the Yankees subsequent weekend, via Annie Heilbronn of the Union-Tribune. There’s nonetheless some uncertainty concerning that timeline, although, as the first concern is whether or not there’ll be an excessive amount of ache for final yr’s NL MVP runner-up to grip the bat.
Whereas Machado has been out, the Friars have kicked Ha-Seong Kim over from second to 3rd base. Rougned Odor stepped in at second base twice earlier within the week. Friday evening, the Padres are plugging Dixon into the lineup at first base and shifting Jake Cronenworth again to the keystone. Odor and Dixon determine to obtain the largest uptick in enjoying time for so long as Machado is out.