Padres manager Bob Melvin to undergo prostate surgery, will miss next away series
San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin will be watching games from home for now.
According to several reports, the skipper needs to have prostate surgery to resolve an issue and check for cancer, which will take place on Wednesday, and sideline him for at least the team’s next road trip. Melvin says he “hopes to be back in time for the next homestand.”
Despite Melvin’s optimism about his return, the words “surgery” and “cancer” are always a cause for serious concern.
This news comes less than a day after Melvin was reportedly dealing with a gastrointestinal issue on Monday. He was originally not going to manage but changed his mind later in the day.
While Melvin’s health is obviously paramount, it, unfortunately, comes at a rough time for his team, which is struggling offensively. The Padres have been shut out twice in their last three games, and have scored just eight runs total over their last five. Whereas they were tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for first earlier in the month, they’ve now fallen to 1 1/2 games back, and only 1 1/2 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the hotly-contested National League West.
We send best wishes to Melvin for a safe and speedy recovery.