Bad news overlapped with the San Diego Padres, who were deeply troubled by the downturn in the batting line. Manny Machado has suffered a fractured left hand.
According to MLB.com메이저사이트 on the 18th (Korean time), San Diego manager Bob Belmin said, “Machado suffered a small fracture in his left hand after being hit by a ball against the Kansas City Royals on the 16th.”
At that time, Machado, who entered the plate with one out and bases loaded in the second inning, was hit with his left hand by opponent Brad Keller’s 80.8 mile (approximately 130 km) slider on the third pitch.
He was not immediately substituted, and although he cleared the defense of third base, he did not continue to play. When Machado returned to bat in the 4th inning, he switched to a pinch hitter.
X-ray examination results showed no abnormalities. However, as his condition did not improve, Machado did not play on the 17th or the 18th.
“The initial X-rays didn’t show anything,” Melvin said. “I had a CT and MRI scan yesterday and there was a fracture in the metacarpal bone.”
Whether or not he will be listed on the injured list (IL) has not yet been decided. Director Melvin said he would keep an eye on Machado’s condition after he rested.
Machado signed an 11-year, $350 million contract with San Diego ahead of this season.
However, it is sluggish with a batting average of 0.231, 5 homers and 19 RBIs in 40 games this year, the first season of his contract. As injuries overlapped on top of this, the frustration grew.
As Machado is silent, the San Diego batting line is hardly finding a way out.
San Diego is only 13th out of 15 National League teams with a team batting average of 0.226 this season.