San Diego Padres Third baseman Manny Machado may be on the injured list with a minor fracture in his left hand, but there’s a chance he could remain on the active roster, manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday.
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A pitch from Kansas City’s Brad Keller hit Machado in the arm on Monday night. He stayed in the game briefly before leaving, and Machado didn’t play in Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s games, both home losses to the Royals.
“So the initial X-ray didn’t show anything,” Melvin said Wednesday. “He had a CT scan and an MRI yesterday which showed a small metacarpal fracture. We don’t think it’s an IL situation, but we’ll probably take the day off (Thursday), see how he feels. and see where we are at the weekend.”
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“I’m not sure how my body’s going to heal,” Machado said, “so just take it day by day, see what it is, hopefully you come back after this day off and it’s a lot better.”
Machado and Melvin are hoping the star third baseman, who hasn’t been at IL since 2014, can keep that streak going.
“The swelling has gone down tremendously,” Machado said Wednesday. “We definitely have more range of motion today.”
Machado is batting .231 with seven doubles, five home runs and 19 RBIs in 40 games. He has a .282 on-base percentage and a .372 slugging percentage.
— Field level media