ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Padres star Manny Machado sprains ankle ahead of series vs. D-backs

Jun 19, 2022, 8:00 PM

DENVER (AP) — San Diego Padres star Manny Machado sprained his left ankle while taking a tumble at first base trying to beat out a grounder Sunday against Colorado.

Machado exited the game and the Padres said X-rays were negative.

Machado, in the midst of a stellar season, stretched his left leg toward the base as the throw arrived from pitcher Antonio Senzatela in the first inning. Machado’s cleat appeared to slip across the top of the bag and he fell to the ground, his left leg buckling beneath him.

The All-Star third baseman clearly was in pain, grimacing and clasping his hands around his lower left leg.

Machado was out on the play, the throw beating him by a half-step.

Team trainers came on to the field to tend to Machado when he was down on the ground. He later sat up but was unable to put weight on the injured ankle.

Machado was helped up and, with a trainer on each side of him, limped off the field and into the clubhouse for further examination. He was replaced in the lineup by Sergio Alcántara. 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.

“Fortunately, when he felt himself slip, he was able to shift his weight to the right and probably avoid more serious damage,” acting manager Ryan Flaherty said. “All in all, it’s as good as it could be.”

Flaherty said it’s still uncertain how long Machado will be out.

“We have to wait for some of the swelling to go down and he gets treated,” he said. “We’ll probably have a better idea of that tomorrow.”

Flaherty ran the team while manager Bob Melvin remained in COVID-19 protocol.

Machado entered Sunday’s game batting .329 with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs. He homered Saturday night in a loss to Colorado and has helped to anchor the Padres’ infield defense while providing a steady leadership presence in the clubhouse.

The Padres return home to host Arizona on Monday night with San Diego RHP Yu Darvish (6-3, 3.35 ERA) scheduled to pitch the opener in a three-game series. RHP Zach Davies (2-3, 3.78) is the scheduled starter for the Diamondbacks.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Blake Walston...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks to recall prospect Blake Walston for Sunday start vs. Marlins

Diamondbacks pitching prospect Blake Walston will make his first career major league start Sunday against the Miami Marlins.

34 minutes ago

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo joined Burns & Gambo and praises designated hitter Joc P...

Bailey Leasure

Torey Lovullo: Diamondbacks’ Joc Pederson has fit into clubhouse

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo joined Burns & Gambo and praised designated hitter Joc Pederson's start to 2024.

4 hours ago

Zac Gallen...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks’ Zac Gallen trade impact clear 5 years later: ‘We had to take a risk’

Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen described the Zac Gallen trade -- soon to be five years old -- as tricky to pull off.

6 hours ago

Christian Walker...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks are falling behind almost every series; Marlins’ Garrett throws shutout

The Diamondbacks have started nearly every series this season behind, falling to the Marlins Friday to start a three-game set.

1 day ago

Ketel Marte #4 of the Arizona Diamondbacks bats against the Miami Marlins during the first inning o...

Kellan Olson

Ketel Marte’s hitting streak ends, D-backs fall to Marlins

The Diamondbacks had a surprising 3-0 loss to the Marlins on Friday that included Ketel Marte's 21-game hitting streak coming to an end.

1 day ago

Paul Sewald...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks’ Paul Sewald bringing Strikeouts 4 Kids charity initiative to Arizona

For every strikeout this season, Diamondbacks closer Paul Sewald and his wife will donate to Child Crisis Arizona. 

1 day ago

Padres star Manny Machado sprains ankle ahead of series vs. D-backs