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Padres discover different energy sources with Machado sidelined

Padres discover different energy sources with Machado sidelined

7:05 AM UTC

SAN DIEGO — It was the very first day of Spring Coaching when the Padres realized they might be with out famous person shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. for the foreseeable future. From that second, new supervisor Bob Melvin made his message clear: It might take a collective effort to exchange Tatis. The burden, Melvin stated, should not be shouldered by one particular person.

Three months later, the message hasn’t modified. Manny Machado — who shouldered maybe extra of that burden than anybody else — has now joined Tatis on the sideline with a left ankle sprain.

And of their first recreation with out Machado, the remainder of the Padres picked up the slack. They beat the D-backs, 4-1, on Monday night time at Petco Park to maneuver right into a digital tie for first place within the Nationwide League West, share factors behind the Dodgers.

Yu Darvish did his half, shaking off a grind of a primary inning to finish seven frames for the fourth consecutive begin. He allowed just one first-inning run, whereas hanging out seven. In the meantime, Jake Cronenworth and Trent Grisham went deep, whereas Ha-Seong Kim, filling in at third base, smacked a go-ahead two-run single within the second inning.

“It’s, ‘Subsequent man up,’” stated Cronenworth, who has been scorching sizzling all month. “That subsequent man up has stepped up big within the absence of Tati. And now we have now Manny out for somewhat bit, and the remainder of the blokes simply must proceed to contribute.”

The Padres nonetheless do not know once they’ll get Machado again. Late Monday night time, he walked by the clubhouse with out a lot of a limp, although he declined to talk with reporters in regards to the damage.

On that entrance, the Padres hope to have extra readability by Tuesday. X-rays had been unfavourable on Machado’s ankle, which he injured on Sunday in Colorado after stepping awkwardly on the first-base bag. He was identified with a sprain, the severity of which stays unknown.

Machado reported to the ballpark early on Monday afternoon and was shifting round effectively, all issues thought of. Appearing supervisor Ryan Flaherty famous that Machado’s ankle was bruised and nonetheless lots sore.

If it had been a special participant, the Padres would possibly’ve merely positioned him on the injured checklist, with out pondering twice. However that is Manny Machado, an early MVP favourite within the Nationwide League. If there’s an opportunity Machado might play a pair video games early subsequent week, the Padres need to have him accessible. They’ll at all times back-date an IL stint to Monday, as long as they make the transfer previous to their recreation on Thursday.

Within the meantime, the Padres used largely the identical components they’d used within the aftermath of Tatis’ damage. Their beginning pitcher gave them one more high quality begin, and their offense did simply sufficient.

“It simply offers us the respiratory room that we want on the plate,” Cronenworth stated of the crew’s beginning rotation. “As fast as these guys get us again within the dugout and provides us an opportunity to get again on the plate and provides us a possibility to attain some runs, I feel that’s the most important a part of our success offensively.”

For Darvish, it represented one thing of an accomplishment that he was capable of full seven innings. He labored by a troublesome first inning, through which he walked a pair, plunked one other and allowed a single. With the bases loaded and two outs, Darvish gained a seven-pitch battle with D-backs second baseman Buddy Kennedy, blowing a 96 mph fastball previous him for strike three.

From there, Darvish was his ordinary dominant self. He allowed just one additional D-backs hitter into scoring place over the subsequent six frames, and he did so along with his ordinary mix of six or seven completely different pitches.

“Clearly, I couldn’t actually discover the zone within the first inning,” Darvish stated. “However I actually needed to go lengthy, and I used to be attempting to induce early contact after that. Happily, it labored.”

Mentioned Flaherty: “That’s the true definition of an ace.”

Melvin’s message can simply as simply be utilized to the teaching workers. When he missed time earlier this season because of prostate surgical procedure, bench coach Ryan Christenson crammed in. 9 days in the past, each Melvin and Christenson landed in COVID-19 protocols, and Flaherty took the helm.

On Monday, simply earlier than first pitch, Christenson was cleared to return, however Flaherty remained in place as appearing supervisor for the night time. Christenson is predicted to take management on Tuesday. Not that the title is all that vital.

“This entire time, it hasn’t been one supervisor — it’s been a collaborative effort,” Flaherty stated.

The Padres anticipate Melvin to be cleared to return on Wednesday, and when he does, he’ll rejoin a crew that’s been residing the mantra he has preached since Day 1.

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