Injuries & Moves: Mexican prospect signs; Machado trending up

February 21st, 2024


Feb. 21: RHP Humberto Cruz signs
One of the most exciting young arms in Mexico, Cruz officially joined the Padres' 2024 international signing class. His bonus was worth $750,000, per a source, precisely the sum the Padres had freed up in recent trades with the Tigers and Astros to acquire international bonus money. The 6-foot-2 Cruz has a fastball in the low 90s and a curveball and changeup to go along with it.

Feb. 17: OF , LHP , RHP Luis Patiño yet to report
All three are still dealing with visa issues as they attempt to make it to Peoria. The Padres are hoping to have them in camp within the next week, though manager Mike Shildt wouldn't offer a specific timeline, given the nature of those proceedings. Profar and Peralta are both recent signings -- though both are veterans and Shildt noted they'd likely be able to build up quickly.


3B (right elbow extensor tendon surgery)
Expected return:
Opening Day
Machado is "trending in a really good place," manager Mike Shildt said on Feb. 21, noting that the star third baseman would likely get Cactus League action at designated hitter "sooner rather than later." Machado underwent surgery on Oct. 3 to address the tennis elbow that has nagged him for parts of the past two seasons. At the time, the team offered a recovery timetable of four to six months. Machado said he's had "no issues hitting or throwing." Still, Machado's workload remains limited, in terms of the amount of throwing and hitting he can undertake each day. His return will be slow played this spring, and it remains possible he opens the regular season as a full-time DH before returning to third base. (Last updated: Feb. 21)

IF/OF (surgery for torn right ACL)
Expected return:
First half
Marcano underwent surgery last August to address the torn ACL he sustained while playing for the Pirates against the Padres on July 24. His return timetable remains TBD, and manager Mike Shildt said he wouldn't begin ramping up baseball activity until late February or early March. The Padres claimed Marcano off waivers during the offseason -- 18 months after they'd sent him to Pittsburgh as part of the Adam Frazier trade. (Last updated: Feb. 18)