San Diego Padres shortstop Manny Machado has a small fracture in his left hand and the team is unsure if he will need a stint on the disabled list.
Machado was injured when he was hit by a pitch in Monday night’s 4-0 win against the Kansas City Royals. Padres manager Bob Melvin said X-rays that night showed no fracture, but Machado had a CT scan and MRI on Tuesday that revealed a fractured metacarpal.
After a 4-3 loss to the Royals on Wednesday, the star third baseman was asked if going on the disabled list is possible.
“I don’t know. We’ll see,” Machado said.
The slumping Padres lost two of three to the last-place Royals and have dropped nine of 11 overall.
“It’s definitely a tough stretch for us,” said Machado, who is hitting .231 with five homers and 19 RBI. “We definitely want to be out there and help this team win any way we can. It’s a shame. It’s not ideal for us right now.”
The Padres are off Thursday before opening a weekend series against the Boston Red Sox.
“The swelling has gone down tremendously. I definitely have more range of motion today. It’s just a matter of dealing with the pain,” said Machado, an All-Star each of the last two seasons who was the runner-up in the NBA’s MVP voting. National League course
He said he hasn’t tried to pick up a bat since the injury.
“We’re giving it a couple of days for the bone to heal a little bit before we move on to something else,” Machado said.
Report from The Associated Press.
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