‘Steel King’ Machado, going to IL for the first time in 9 years… Kim Ha-seong likely to play third base for the time being

Can’t the ‘Steel King’ Manny Machado (31, San Diego Padres) also win against time?

Local media such as the San Diego Union Tribune reported on the 20th (Korean time) that Machado will be on the injured list (IL) due to a fracture of the metacarpal bone in his left hand ahead of a home game against the Boston Red Sox.메이저사이트

Machado was hit by a sand ball on his left hand during a home game against the Kansas City Royals on the 16th. The initial X-ray examination showed no fracture, but a detailed examination revealed a microfracture.

Machado is the ‘Steel King’ representing Major League Baseball (MLB). It’s the first time he’s been on the disabled list since 2014, when he played for the Baltimore Orioles. He only played in 82 games in the aftermath of a knee injury at the time.

However, he never went on the injured list for nearly 9 years. In his last season, he injured his ankle during a game, but continued to play without being placed on the disabled list.

Health was also a major factor in Machado’s free agent success. Machado, who became the first free agent after the end of the 2018 season, signed a 10-year, $300 million contract and moved to San Diego. His young age was also an advantage, but his number of games reached 162-157-156-162 in the four years prior to his signing.

Even after the contract, it was far from ‘eating and running’. Even though he shows hustle play that does not spare his body, he has been healthy every year. He played 156 games, although his batting performance in 2019 was somewhat sluggish, and he played all of them in the shortened season (60 games) in 2020. He played over 150 games in both 2021 and last tongue too. It was also the reason San Diego gave him an 11-year, $350 million contract extension after the end of last season.

However, after his second contract, his trend is a bit different than before. Once your grades are poor. He’s batting just 0.231 OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.654 this season. In addition, I went to IL for the first time in 9 years due to a wrist injury. Of course, it is an inevitable injury, but it is a dizzying situation for San Diego, which has invested a large amount.

Through interviews with local media outlets such as The Athletic, Machado said that he understands that it is an injury that requires time to heal, and that it is different from last year’s ankle injury. He means that it would not be better to force the participation for the reason of ‘fighting spirit’. Machado is expected to return to the New York Yankees at the end of this month at the earliest.

Meanwhile, with Machado’s departure, San Diego’s infield is expected to change as well. Shortstop Zander Bogarts is fixed, but Kim Ha-seong, who was watching second base, seems to have to look at third base. In the previous two games decided by Machado, Kim Ha-seong started as a third baseman, and will also play as a third baseman against Boston on the 20th. Meanwhile, Brandon Dixon, who can handle infield utility, was also called up to the big leagues.

Machado isn’t the only bad news in San Diego. The previous day, right-handed starting pitcher Seth Lugo was placed on the 15-day injured list due to a right calf sprain. Instead, Ryan Weathers, who showed potential as a substitute starter, was called up again. Outfielder David Dahl returned from the injured list and went down to Triple-A El Paso.

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