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NORTH PARK Padres outfielder Juan Soto has gone out for Tuesday’s game contrary to the Cleveland Guardians due to left-mid back tightness, the team told reporters.
Soto was acquired by NORTH PARK at the 2022 MLB trade deadline in a blockbuster cope with the Washington Nationals. The Padres also landed veteran first baseman Josh Bell and sent a considerable haul of prospects to Washington to perform the offer.
The runner-up for National League MVP in 2021, Soto has come up with a good season following a slow start. The 23-year-old is batting .252 with 23 home runs and 50 RBI overall this year, recording a .286 batting average in 18 games with NORTH PARK.
Soto is among the brightest young stars in MLB. He hasn’t hit under .280 in virtually any of his previous four seasons in the majors. He was also an integral person in Washington’s 2019 World Series win after posting 34 homers while driving in 110 runs.
After landing with the Padres, Soto is currently section of a “Big 3” alongside star third baseman Manny Machado and shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. However, Tatis was suspended for 80 games the other day after violating MLB’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
While Soto has gone out, utility outfielder Wil Myers will dsicover additional time in the lineup. At 68-56, NORTH PARK is mathematically tied with the Philadelphia Phillies (67-55) for the next Wild Card spot in the NL entering Tuesday. The Padres are hoping to possess Soto back soon to help keep pace in the playoff hunt.