The new MLB season has only gotten so far as Spring Training, but injuries are already starting to crop up. Monday saw several players leave the game unexpectedly, including one who is now out for the entire season.
Padres Lose Musgrove
The San Diego Padres received good news with the return of Fernando Tatis Jr. in Spring Training. However, they now suffered a hard setback prior to the 2023 MLB season when it was confirmed that they will lose one of their star pitchers due to injury.
According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune and David Adler of MLB.com, Joe Musgrove suffered a fractured big toe on his left foot while working out at the gym. Team manager Bob Melvin said the right-hander will miss “a minimum of two weeks.”
Taking into account that, in addition to this period, it would take a little longer to get back into the rhythm after this couple of weeks, it is likely that he will not be able to be on the roster for Opening Day 2023. The 30-year-old Californian is one of the Padres’ stellar trio of starters, alongside Yu Darvish and Blake Snell.
Musgrove went 10-7 with a 2.93 ERA and 184 strikeouts last year, which led him to his first All-Star Game. Fortunately, the Padres have depth in their rotation, so Nick Martinez, Seth Lugo or Michael Wacha could take his place.
Padres Aren’t Alone In Injuries
Gavin Lux left the game with a severe accidental knee injury he suffered while running from second to third base in that LA Dodgers’ game against the Padres. However, just a few hours later, LA reached a minor league agreement with shortstop Bryson Brigman.
Lux showed signs of pain in the knee area and immediately fell to the field. It was even reported that he would have heard that something thundered in his body, leading to an MRI.
Dodgers GM Dave Roberts later gave an update on the injury. As expected, the results of the studies on his right knee confirmed what was feared. Roberts has confirmed that the 25-year-old infielder will miss the 2023 season after suffering a torn cruciate ligament.
Brigman, a 27-year-old Californian, has no MLB experience but plenty of RBI experience with the Seattle Mariners and, more recently, the Miami Marlins in Triple-A. Although he is not expected to be the natural replacement for Lux, whose injury could sideline him for the entire season, he will have the opportunity to fight in Dodgers’ Spring Training for the shortstop or second baseman position.
Blue Jays Score A Homerun
Before the 2023 MLB season, the Toronto Blue Jays continue to improve their game on the diamond. A team leader, who is the champion of the Houston Astros in 2022, is now assisting them from the center of the field. As a new vice president, the club has hired former Astros General Manager James Click.
The Astros made it to the American League Championship Series three times during Click’s tenure as manager, as well as making it to the World Series twice, winning the championship last season at the end of his third year as manager. The Astros were only able to offer Click a one-year contract to keep him under contract for one more season.
In 1937, after the New York Yankees lost the World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the general manager of the team, Larry MacPhail, wrote a letter to the franchise and asked him to resign, marking the first time in 75 years a major league baseball player has left his team.
Press spent 15 seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays before joining the Houston Astros and ultimately becoming VP of baseball operations in 2017.