There is very little left until the close of the Major League regular season. The San Diego Padres have a very low chance of entering the playoffs And now with its sights set on the next campaign, the Southern California team will have to send one of its references to the operating room.
This is Manny Machado, who seems like he won’t be able to escape surgery on his elbow. Even though he tried his best not to undergo surgery, it seems inevitable at this point.
“We were trying to avoid it as much as we could,” Machado said to MLB.com. “But unfortunately the injury has put us in this position. In the end, it’s going to make me better. To all. Simply do it and get ready for next year. Return in health,” commented the Dominican.
The Padres are 6 games away from the National League wild card, with just 11 games left to play. Hence the possibility of getting into the postseason is very remote. However, the Dominican wants to continue with the team until the end.
“Manny wants to be there for his team now”said manager Bob Melvin. “We’ll see what happens in the next few days. But as long as there is a remote possibility of not being eliminated, he is going to want to play as much as he can for this team,” he explained.
Machado’s operation would have a recovery time of six months. If you undergo it this week, The third baseman could be 100% recovered by the start of the preseason 2024 with the Padres on March 20.
For the moment Machado wants to remain with the team until the last moment. They also told him that the injury will not worsen if he continues playing.
“I’m going to keep playing until we’re out. We won four in a row. That’s good, but we have 11 games left. If we win them, and we know that we are capable of doing so, we will see what happens. But yes, until we are out, I will continue,” said the third baseman.
With almost 10 games left in the season, Manny posted a .250 average with 28 home runs, 84 RBIs and 129 hits. Although insufficient to guide the Padres to fight for a place in the playoffs.
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