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Padres’ Joe Musgrove takes the next step of the season against the Dodgers


National TV viewers for Sunday’s rubber match of the series between the hosts Padres San Diego and Dodgers Los Angeles will probably learn more than they need to know about Joe Musgrove’s feet

“This hasn’t been a good year for my feet,” the pitcher said Friday after his schedule was pushed back until Sunday due to blisters on the bottom of his foot.

Musgrove’s foot problems began during spring training when he dropped a kettlebell on his left foot, breaking his big toe. That put him on the injured list for Opening Day.

Then last Sunday, Musgrove suffered burns to the soles of his feet while running barefoot on the artificial turf at Estadio Alfredo Harp Helu in Mexico City. It turned out that due to foot and Achilles problems, Musgrove found it comfortable to run barefoot on the outfield lawn during his training sessions between starts.

But Musgrove has learned there’s a difference between running laps on ocean breeze-cooled lawns at Petco Park in San Diego and hard artificial surfaces in Mexico City, where surface temperatures soar three numbers.

Musgrove said he knew he made a mistake running from the foul line towards the middle of the field. During the run back, his leg started to blister.

Musgrove was planned to protest Dodgers‘ Clayton Kershaw in the series opening on Friday. But just in case, Padres manager Bob Melvin moved Musgrove back on Sunday for another tough game

This will be Musgrove’s third game of the season. The right-hander is leading 1-0 with a 10.80 ERA, having dropped seven runs in three thirds against the San Francisco Giants in Mexico City on April 29.

His Sunday opponent, Dodgers ace Julio Urias, is 4-3 with 3.86 . ERA

But Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who was absent from his dance club’s 2-1 win on Saturday while attending his son’s graduation at Loyola Marymount University, said he believes that Urias turned the tide

“Early in the season, he wasn’t completely in control of his fast ball,” said Roberts. “Has been a lot different since his fast ball came out.”

And now, Urias will face Padresa team that he dominated

The 26-year-old has a 6-1 career record against San Diego in 15 games (10 starts), with an ERA of 2.19. He organized Padres to 16 runs (15 earned) with 39 hits and 22 walks with 59 hits in 61 2/3 rounds. And he is getting better over time. Last season, Urias won 3-0 first Padres with an ERA of 1.50 in four starts

Urias held the Phillies one-shot and a 10-hit walk in seven innings in his most recent game to claim a record three individual losses.

Meanwhile, Musgrove’s 2023 season debut takes place on April 22 in Arizona. He held the Diamondbacks three times with seven hits in five innings to win. Seven days later in Mexico City, Musgrove dropped seven runs with six hits (including three home runs) and walked for three thirds in a game that totaled 11 home runs and 27 runs. .

Musgrove is 0-2 first Dodgers in the regular season in 2022 with a 3.63 ERA, but he held them off twice with six hits and three walks with eight strikes in six innings in Padres‘ won Game 4 of the National League Division Series

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