San Diego Padres’ undisputed third baseman Manny Machado (31) was placed on the injured list (IL).
The San Diego Union Tribune, a local media in San Diego, USA, announced on the 20th (Korean time) that Machado was on the IL due to a fracture of the metacarpal bone of his left hand.
Machado, who was called the ‘Steel King’ for his thorough self-management, was hit by a pitch against the Kansas City Royals on the 16th and took a break after 8 years from 2014 on the IL.메이저사이트
After the 2018 season, Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million (398.5 billion won) contract with San Diego. He is a player who has consistently participated in the game since then and has been ‘worth the money’.
With Machado missing, Kim Ha-sung’s role is expected to grow. This is Kim Ha-seong, who was rumored to be trading with Boston and Miami, where the shortstop position was vacant ahead of this season. He was even mentioned as a trade card during the season.
Kim Ha-seong (left), who kept third base the most after Machado in Pittsburgh. /AFPBBNews=News1
However, San Diego would have been in big trouble if they had traded Kim Ha-seong. San Diego played 44 games this season, and Machado started 38 of them at third base. Only 2 games as designated hitter. It was Kim Ha-seong who kept third base in the remaining six games.
It is said that if it is not Kim Ha-seong, there is no other player who can fill Macha-do’s vacancy. Kim Ha-seong, who mainly played second base this season, shows a sense of stability at third base as well. Although he has one error, he made two double plays and recently played third base and made an admirable run.
If Ha-seong Kim plays as third baseman, the second baseman position is highly likely to go to Lougned Odor. Odore started as a second baseman in 6 games, the second most after Kim Ha-seong (32 games) this season.
Immediately on the 20th at 10:40 am in the Boston Red Sox game held at Petco Park in San Diego, USA, Kim Ha-seong will start as a third baseman and second batter. On this day, Jake Cronenworth will play as second baseman and sixth batter.