Monday, May 29, 2023

Padres star Machado injured, kicked out with leg injury

DENVER ( Associated Press) — San Diego Padres star Manny Machado was out of play in Colorado on Sunday after he injured his left leg while trying to beat an infield grounder at first base.

Machado, in the middle of a stellar season, extended his left foot to base in an attempt to defeat pitcher Antonio Senzatella’s throw in the first inning. Machado’s cleat appeared to slip off the top of the bag and he fell to the ground, his left leg bent beneath it.

There was no immediate information from the team on Machado’s injury. The All-Star third baseman was clearly in pain, clasping and holding his hands around his lower left leg.

Machado is out on play, the throw beats him by half step.

While he was on the ground, the coach of the team came to the field to look after Machado. Later he got up but was unable to put weight on the injured leg.

Machado was helped and, with a coach by his side, limped on the field and clubhouse for further examination. He was replaced in the lineup by Sergio Alcantara. Machado has been a mainstay in the Padres’ strong start to the season, helping to make up for the absence of injured Fernando Tatis Jr.

Machado batted .329 in Sunday’s game with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs. He suffered a loss at the hands of Colorado on Saturday night and helped anchor the Padres’ infield defense while providing a steady leadership presence at the clubhouse.


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