- The San Diego Padres have gotten off to a hot start in 2022.
- But, on Sunday, Manny Machado suffered an ankle injury in the first inning.
- Padres fans are panicking with the idea of both Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado missing time.
The San Diego Padres have done the unthinkable. Even without Fernando Tatis Jr. up until this point, and with both Blake Snell and Mike Clevinger making limited starts, the Padres have hung around toward the top of the National League West.
A big reason is the success of Manny Machado, who has been mentioned among NL MVP candidates through the first couple of months.
But, Sunday was not a good one for Machado, and he left the game in the first inning after injuring his ankle.
The absolute last thing the Padres want to see. Manny Machado appears to hurt his ankle after stepping on first base on a groundout. pic.twitter.com/8PJMZwAUNH
— Casey Drottar (@CDrottar19) June 19, 2022
To make things worse, Tatis has still not been cleared to return, so there is a possibility that the Padres will have both Tatis and Machado on the shelf.
Padres Fans Are Panicking After Watching Manny Machado Injure His Ankle
The Padres have lost two straight to the Rockies going into Sunday’s game. That hurts.
Then, they watch their best player go down with a brutal injury in the first inning.
Padres fans couldn’t believe it, either.
OH GOD NOOOOO!!!! Please let@him be okay!!!!! https://t.co/W7WK33R0t4
— Big Kev (@BigKevSports) June 19, 2022
— lou (@louikellz) June 19, 2022
Prayers for Manny.
— The Salty Friar (@Basedfan20) June 19, 2022
— Hector Perez (@NEOMATRIX863) June 19, 2022
Jeez that looks bad… but if it was that bad there’s no way he could put pressure on it
— JB (@JTIVHeisman) June 19, 2022
During the game, the Padres gave an update.
Update from the clubhouse: Manny Machado exited today’s game with a left ankle sprain. X-rays were negative.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) June 19, 2022
If Machado is forced to miss extended time, this could be the beginning of a rough stretch for the Padres.