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Friday, July 1, 2022

Machado not in the Padres, not in Illinois with a sprained ankle

SAN DIEGO ( Associated Press) — San Diego Padres all-star batsman Manny Machado was off the line a day after he sprained his left ankle, and acting manager Ryan Flaherty was optimistic that his former teammate wouldn’t need to go to the injured list.

“He’s got some purples and blues, but overall he moves around pretty well and feels good,” Flaherty, Machado’s Baltimore teammate, said on Monday.

“Today he is not in the starting lineup. Beyond that, I think there’s a pretty good amount of optimism,” he said.

Machado, who has a MVP-caliber season, sprained his left ankle in the first Sunday of the inning in Colorado while trying to beat the Grounder. He extended his left foot towards the base as pitcher Antonio Senzatela took a shot and his boots slid off the top of the bag.

Machado fell to the ground and his left leg buckled under him. The third baseman was in pain, grimacing and clasping his arms around the bottom of his left leg.

He was unable to lean on his injured ankle and limped off the field with the help of two of the team’s coaches.

“Manny heals quickly,” said Flaherty, who fills in while Bob Melvin remains on COVID-19 protocols. “He takes care of his body and he has the ability to recover very quickly.”

The Padres opened a three-game home streak against the Arizona on Monday night after losing to the Colorado.

Machado is batting .328 with 12 homers and 46 RBIs. He largely suffered the Padres offense in the absence of All-Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who remains on the sidelines while rebuilding his surgically repaired left wrist. Machado also played well on defense at third base.

The Padres entered the game half a day behind the dormant Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL west.

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