Promising Update On Joe Musgrove's Recovery

The news hit hard earlier this spring with the word that San Diego Padres' starting pitcher extraordinaire Joe Musgrove suffered a broken toe when he dropped a kettlebell on his toe. It was said at the time that he wouldn't be able to throw for at least two weeks. But just eight days later, there's a promising report:

Padres' beat writer AJ Cassavell writes that Musgrove threw off flat ground for the first time today since the injury to his left big toe. He wasn't lifting his foot to throw, notes Cassavell, keeping both feet flat on the ground. So far, Musgrove reports that his toe has felt good through the tossing. 

The Padres are considering the likes of in-house candidates Jay GroomeBrent Honeywell Jr.Adrian Morejon, Julio Teheran and Ryan Weathers to keep the rotation spot warm until Musgrove is able to return. 

Musgrove, 30, signed a five-year, $100M extension during the 2022 season,during which he went 10-7 with a 2.93 ERA.

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