SAN DIEGO ( Associated Press) — San Diego Padres All-Star slugger Manny Machado was not in the lineup a day after he sprained his left ankle and caretaker manager Ryan Flaherty was optimistic that his former teammate would not need to move on the injured list.
“He’s got some purple and blue in there, but overall he’s moving around and feeling good,” Flaherty, a teammate with Machado in Baltimore, said Monday.
“He’s not in the starting lineup tonight. Outside of that, I think there’s great optimism,” he said.
Machado, who has had an MVP-caliber season, sprained his left ankle in the first innings on Sunday in Colorado while trying to beat a grounder. He extended his left foot toward base as the throw came from pitcher Antonio Senzatella and his cleat slipped over the bag.
Machado fell to the ground and his left leg bent under him. The third baseman was in pain, clasping and holding his hands around his lower left leg.
He was unable to put weight on the injured ankle and was kicked off the field with the help of two team coaches.
“Manny is a quick healer,” said Flaherty, who is filling in Bob Melvin’s COVID-19 protocol while he lives. “He takes care of his body and he has the ability to recover really quickly.”
The Padres opened a three-match home series against Arizona on Monday night after drifting to Colorado.
Machado is batting .328 with 12 homers and 46 RBI. He has largely committed the Padres’ offense in the absence of All-Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who remains out while rehabilitating his surgically repaired left wrist. Machado has an excellent defense at third base as well.
The Padres entered the day-and-a-half game after the inactive Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.
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