Manny Machado is having a rough time. Now he could be facing a significant time off.
The San Diego Padres placed the All-Star third baseman on the 10-day injured list with a broken hand, the team announced Friday. Triple-A utility man Brandon Dixon was called up in a corresponding move.
This is Machado’s first trip to the injured list since 2014, when he was with the Baltimore Orioles.
Machado suffered the injury on Monday against the Kansas City Royals. He left the game in the second inning after taking an 80.8 mph slider in the hand from Royals pitcher Brad Keller.
The severity of Machado’s injury was initially unclear. Things got murkier when Padres manager Bob Melvin revealed Wednesday that additional imaging showed a fracture in Machado’s hand, but the team didn’t think it would require an IL stint. That position has changed.
Saw Machado with a little thrown in his left hand while appearing in the announcement of the MLS expansion team in San Diego, where he will become a minority owner.
Machado’s bad season just got worse for the Padres
Machado was reportedly not optimistic about his recovery time on Friday, speaking Dennis Lin of The Athletic that his broken metacarpal needs to be fixed, and “it’s not like last year’s ankle stuff.”
In the case of that ankle injury, Machado missed nine games in 11 days but avoided a trip to the injured list. Judging from Machado’s words, he will miss a lot more than 11 days this season. Then again, it’s not like he’s carrying the Padres this season.
Machado currently has a .231 / .282 / .372 line at the plate, with five homers and concerned peripherals. Based on his batted ball data and strikeout rate, Baseball Savant has him at a .213 expected batting average, indicating that his down numbers are the product of more than a month and a half of bad luck.
Meanwhile, the Padres opened the season with a 20-24 record and sit 7.5 games behind the first place Los Angeles Dodgers.
None of this is what you want to hear if you’re the team that signed Machado to an 11-year, $350 million contract after he opted out of his previous deal, but the Padres can at least hope that his track record carries a lot of weight. rather than short struggles and a rare injury. Machado finished second in the National League MVP voting last year and has received MVP votes in each of the last three years.