San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove has suffered a broken toe in what is being described as a weight room accident. The injury is not expected to keep him out of action for an extended period of time.
According to reports, Musgrove was doing a workout in the weight room when a weight slipped out of his hand and landed on his right foot, causing the injury. The Padres confirmed the news on Monday, and Musgrove was seen wearing a walking boot as he left the team’s spring training facility.
Musgrove was acquired by the Padres in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates in January 2021. He had an impressive first season in San Diego, going 11-9 with a 3.23 ERA and 188 strikeouts in 179.2 innings pitched.
The injury is certainly a setback for Musgrove, who was expected to play a key role in the Padres’ rotation this season. However, he is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, and the team is confident that he will make a full recovery.
The Padres have had their fair share of injury issues in recent years, with a number of key players missing significant time due to various injuries. However, the team has made a number of moves in the offseason to bolster their depth, and they remain optimistic about their chances of contending in the highly competitive National League West.
Despite the injury, Musgrove remains a vital part of the Padres’ plans for the upcoming season. His ability to generate swings and misses with his fastball and slider makes him one of the more intriguing young pitchers in the game, and his experience pitching in big games should serve him well as the Padres look to make a deep postseason run.
While the injury is certainly an unwelcome development for the Padres, the team remains focused on the task at hand and is confident in their ability to overcome any obstacles that come their way. With a talented roster and a deep pool of prospects, the Padres are poised to make some noise in 2023 and beyond.
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