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Nationals to ‘take it slow’ with injured trade acquisition MacKenzie Gore

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Nats will ‘take their time’ with injured Gore trade acquisition originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

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WASHINGTON. The Nationals made left-handed starter Mackenzie Gore the centerpiece of their team. biggest deal in franchise history On Tuesday, when they acquired him as part of a six-player package that the San Diego Padres sent in exchange for Juan Soto and Josh Bell.

Gore, 23, is a former top 10 prospect and No. 3 pick who got off to a great start with the Padres as a rookie this season before going through a period of ups and downs that culminated in an elbow strike. injury just before the deal deadline. He was placed on the 15-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, although his MRI showed no ligament damage.

The injury was not severe enough to dissuade citizens. President of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo said in a post-trade press conference that they plan to take it easy on Gore, who has only thrown over 100 innings once in a pro season.

“We’re definitely not going to rush him,” Rizzo said. “He had a limited number of innings throughout his career. At the beginning of this season, he had a big workload that he had never had before. The injury made the task a little more difficult, added a little work. We had to do a thorough medical check, but nothing was hidden, and the reports and MRI were reviewed, and the doctor gave us the go-ahead to complete the transaction.”

After his first nine appearances, Gore looked like an early candidate for the NL Rookie of the Year. He posted a 1.50 ERA with 57 strikeouts and 17 walks in 48 innings through June 4. The Padres carefully managed his innings, skipping random starts and putting him in the bullpen at various points.

However, after the start on June 4, his speed slowed down a bit, and the results fell sharply. Gore had an 11.05 ERA with 15 strikeouts and 20 walks over the next seven games (five starts) before he hit the IL. According to, Padres manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Gore had no problems with his elbow until his appearance on July 25, when he left in sneakers.

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Speaking on Grant and Danny’s 106.7 The Fan, Gore echoed the mood of the citizens that the injury is minor and will not affect him in the long run.

“The hand injury is minor, so that’s good news,” Gore said. “Just trying to get back to where I can get back to a good serve.”

“The time frame, I’m not sure, but it’s not insanely long. We’ll have to see how things are in the next week or two and then hopefully at some point we’ll start throwing and be ready to get back in the game.”

Of course, any elbow injury should be treated with caution by a pitcher. The Nationals have had a lot of experience with pitchers who were forced to operate on Tommy John and won’t let Gore back on the mound until the coaches decide he’s ready.

“I don’t want to rush him in any way,” manager Davey Martinez said. “I want him to continue to improve. We want to see where he is, so he’ll see our coaches and all, get checked out, and then we’ll get out of there. I know he gave out a lot in the beginning [of the season] so let’s see how we handle it in the future. The good news is we have him and he’s here. I have watched a lot of videos with him and he is good. He will help us.”


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