For Machado, debut with Padres ‘exciting’
Manny Machado’s debut in a Padres uniform was a lot less eventful than his free agency.
The four-time All-Star spent the offseason being courted by every club with money to burn, and he wound up signing a 10year, $300 million deal with the Padres late last month. But after a few workouts in Arizona, his Cactus League debut against the Giants in Peoria, Ariz., was rather underwhelming.
The 26-year-old Machado popped out in his first at-bat and drew a walk in his second, and he came out of Saturday’s game after three innings at third base without getting any action.
Then again, the Padres are paying Machado for what he will do when the game start counting.
Not what happens on a sun-splashed field in Arizona.
“Finally. Finally got to play some baseball,” Machado said. “It’s been good, getting to know my teammates and just getting my feet under me. It’s been a nice week, getting to know players a lot more. I finally got out there and played some baseball — makes it a lot better.”
Machado batted second and started at third base, his primary position for most of his career. He played shortstop last year with the Orioles and Dodgers, but the Padres have one of the game’s top shortstop prospects in Fernando Tatis Jr.
“It felt good. I have to get some more reps over there but I feel good,” Machado said. “Just to leave all that back-field stuff and be in a real game, it was exciting.”
Farquhar returns: Danny Farquhar took the mound in a game again. That was more than enough Saturday.
Farquhar’s spring training appearance for the Yankees was his first game since the 32-year-old reliever collapsed in the White Sox dugout on April 20 because of a ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage. He had surgery the day after and was hospitalized nearly three weeks.
The right-hander got one out and was charged with five runs in an 8-7 loss to the Pirates.
“I felt great out there,” Farquhar said. “I was happy to be back on the mound. Obviously, the results weren’t great but I call it a good day. I felt like a baseball player, again.”