MLB News of the Day: Machado sprains his ankle; Suwinski hits a 3 home run game; Mookie Betts heads to IL
Ricky Gray | June 20, 2022
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Injuries are begging to pile up, but there's still a lot of good going on in Major League Baseball.
As we continue through the MLB season, we're starting to see even more injuries pile up. The relatively good news is that it's better to happen now than later in the season. However, a loss is still a loss and these teams could be without great players for some time.
We'll review the first injury that Padres' third baseman, Manny Machado, suffered. Machado left the Padres game against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning with an ankle sprain. The Padres went on to lose the game 8-3.
There was some optimism during the press conference when Padres acting manager Ryan Flaherty said: "Fortunately when he felt himself slip, he was able to shift his weight to the right and probably avoid more serious damage."
Flaherty continued: "We have to wait for some of the swelling to go down and he gets treated. We'll probably have a better idea of that (Monday)."
In better news, the Pittsburgh Pirates Jack Suwinski became the first rookie in MLB history with a three home run game. His third home run came in the ninth inning that gave the Pirates a 4-3 win over the San Francisco Giants.
Suwinski said: "I was just like, 'No way, man. No way that's going. That guy is hard to hit off of. Coming from that low under there, it's not an easy at-bat."
The Pirates are bringing up another potentially impactful rookie on Monday when they recall shortstop Oneil Cruz, from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Lastly, Mookie Betts has been placed on IL for the Los Angeles Dodgers due to a cracked right rib. This is his third time on the IL in three seasons. The hope, however, is that his stay on the injury list is relatively short.
Betts said: "It's sore but it is what it is. I thought it was a little bruise or something and played through it. It got worse over the next couple days and now we're sitting here."
Betts will not participate in any activities for a week before he begins to work his way back.