For Machado, de­but with Padres ‘ex­cit­ing’

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports -

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.”

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