June 13, 2024

San Diego Padres pitcher Yuki Matsui provided an update on his condition following his departure from his Spring Training debut due to discomfort in his back. Subsequently, Matsui was also withdrawn from the lineup for another Cactus League appearance.

Fortunately, an MRI revealed that there was only inflammation in his back, with no structural damage.

“I’m feeling like it’s improving,” Matsui commented. “My goal is to be ready for the season. I’m eager to return to action as soon as possible. I’m collaborating with the trainers on my recovery, and it depends on their assessment of my progress as to when I’ll be back on the field.”

Padres manager Mike Shildt emphasized that it’s premature to determine whether Yuki Matsui might miss the team’s opening day in Korea. Presently, their primary focus is on alleviating the inflammation in Matsui’s back.

“However, the longer the recovery process extends, the greater the risk becomes. At this stage, our priority is to reduce inflammation and gradually reintroduce baseball activities,” stated Shildt, as reported by Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

During Matsui’s debut start for the Padres against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he showcased his capabilities by striking out all three batters he faced. This was particularly crucial for the Padres, who had conceded eight runs to the Dodgers in the first inning.

Matsui joined the Padres in December on a lucrative five-year, $28 million deal after spending his entire professional career with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Nippon Professional Baseball.

While it’s reassuring that Matsui’s injury isn’t severe, the Padres are undoubtedly eager to have him back in action for the opening day on March 20 in Seoul, South Korea.

Injured Pitcher Hoping to Be Healthy for Padres' Opening Series in Korea

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