San Diego Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove will be out of action for the next three weeks due to inflammation in the capsule of his throwing shoulder, as confirmed by an MRI scan. This news comes as a blow to the Padres, who have been heavily reliant on Musgrove’s performances this season.
As a result of Musgrove’s injury, the Padres have placed him on the 15-day injured list. To fill his spot on the active roster, the team has called up trade acquisition Rich Hill. Hill, who was recently acquired by the Padres, will now assume a rotation role alongside the likes of Blake Snell, Yu Darvish, Seth Lugo, and possibly Nick Martinez. Unfortunately, Michael Wacha is also currently sidelined with a shoulder issue.
Musgrove had a strong start to the season, despite initially being on the injured list after breaking his toe in a weight room accident during Spring Training. Since his return in late April, he has been one of the team’s top performers, boasting a 3.05 ERA over 97 1/3 innings in 17 appearances. With a strikeout rate of 24.3% and a walk rate of 5.3%, Musgrove has consistently met the Padres’ expectations.
The severity of Musgrove’s shoulder injury came as a surprise to the Padres, who had hoped he would only miss one start. This unexpected setback makes the team’s recent acquisition of Rich Hill even more crucial. Hill has a solid track record in the MLB and will be expected to step up in Musgrove’s absence.
In other news, the Padres have reinstated Eguy Rosario from the 60-day injured list. However, Rosario has been optioned to Triple-A and will not join the active roster. Rosario, who made his debut with the Padres last season, missed the first four months of this season due to an ankle injury.
Overall, the Padres will need to navigate through this challenging period without their star pitcher. Musgrove’s consistent production and recent contract extension worth $100 million have solidified his importance to the team. The Padres will be eagerly awaiting his return to the mound in three weeks’ time, hoping to maintain their strong position in the league standings.
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