San Diego Padres news: Manny Machado injury, Michael Wacha's no-hit bid
By Kevin Henry
While the San Diego Padres were in the midst of recording a 4-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night, there was plenty of news to talk about regarding the interleague matchup.
San Diego Padres get good news on Manny Machado injury
After being hit in the hand by a pitch from Kansas City's Brad Keller in the bottom of the second inning, Machado left the game. Reports after the contest, however, were positive for the San Diego third baseman.
While Machado might be sore, let's not forget that Machado has overcome seemingly worse injuries in a short amount of time, including last season when he slipped on first base while running through the bag in Denver against the Colorado Rockies but didn't go on the injured list with a bum ankle. It's unclear how much, if any, time Machado will miss with the hand injury. That's something we'll likely hear more about as Tuesday's game time at Petco Park draws nearer.
“It hit him on the top of the hand; might have gotten a nerve in there or something,” Melvin told reporters after the game. “For him to come out of the game, he can’t feel too terribly good. He’s got quite the pain tolerance.”
As a reminder, Machado hasn't been on the injured list since the 2014 season.
San Diego Padres get incredible pitching from Michael Wacha
What a night on the mound it was for Wacha, who lost his no-hit bid against the Royals in the top of the eighth and was removed from the game after completely handcuffing Kansas City batters.
The 11 strikeouts were a career-best for the 31-year-old right-hander, who signed with the Padres as a free agent this offseason.
Monday's performance continues a strong May for Wacha, who had allowed just five hits and one run in 12.0 innings over his previous two starts this month. His ERA has plummeted from 6.75 at the start of the month to 4.06 after his outing against the Royals.