SAN DIEGO — Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers remain close friends despite now playing on separate teams and coasts. The two speak every day, and ahead of their series at Petco Park, got together for dinner Thursday.
Devers had to pay.
“You know what’s crazy, I forgot my wallet at home,” Bogaerts said Friday, ahead of the first game of a three-game set against his former club. “I’m not even kidding. I came to the ballpark. I thought I left it here.”
The missing wallet ended up being at Bogaerts’s home, clearing some of his angst. During the Padres’ most recent series against the Dodgers, the team traveled by bus, and Bogaerts forgot that he put his wallet in his bag to ensure that it wouldn’t fall out of his pocket.
“I’m like ‘Listen, man, you gotta pick this up,’ ” said Bogaerts. “I don’t even have a dollar, not even for a meter.”
The two have their fair share of dollars, with Devers signing an extension north of $300 million last offseason and Bogaerts agreeing to an 11-year, $280 million contract last December to join the Padres.
Recently, manager Alex Cora said that the Red Sox were Devers’s team. Bogaerts couldn’t agree more.
“I think he’s just a perfect, perfect guy and the perfect person for that,” Bogaerts said. “He’s a bad man. He’s very dangerous when he’s up there.”
He knows Devers can make him pay in a different way.
“We know his defense is getting better every year and he wants to improve,” Bogaerts said. “But the bat is where he will make you pay big time.”
Bogaerts said there are emotions tied to this weekend for him. He even called it a little weird, sitting in the opposing dugout and facing the team who he helped win two World Series.
“There are a lot of people who helped me throughout my career, my path. And they also helped me grow as a person,” he said. “The fans, they showed up every day and expected you to perform and if you didn’t, they let you know.”
Bogaerts has moved on, however. He’s grown up, trying to help these Padres, fourth in the National League West at 20-25, out of their rut. Bogaerts is hitting .268 with a .787 OPS after Friday’s 6-1 loss to the Sox. He still doesn’t feel quite like himself, batting .193 in his last 15 games following an 0 for 4 evening Friday.
Eventually, he will go on a run, as will his team. He’s confident in that. And as for Devers requesting reimbursement for dinner?
“No. He can’t do that,” Bogaerts said. “He has a nice setup.”
Manny Machado goes on injured list
Padres slugger Manny Machado was placed on the 10-day injured list because of a hairline fracture in his left hand suffered when he was hit by a pitch Monday.
The move was backdated to Tuesday and manager Bob Melvin said there’s a possibility Machado can return when the Padres play at the New York Yankees next weekend.
“It’s getting better, but we’ve got an off day coming up, we didn’t feel like he could play this weekend, [and] we can backdate it three,” Melvin said before Friday’s series opener. “That’s not something you want to push on top of that. He’s a guy that can play in pain; we saw it last year. We just want to get ahead of this thing and hope he’s 100 percent when we get to New York.”
Like the rest of the superstar-studded Padres lineup, Machado is struggling, hitting just .231 with five homers and 19 RBIs. He was an All-Star each of the last two seasons and was runner-up in National League MVP voting last year.
The Padres also placed righthander Seth Lugo on the 15-day IL with a right calf strain.
Nick Pivetta moving to a reliever role and Kutter Crawford‘s return Friday from the injured list (hamstring) gives the bullpen a bit more definition. Cora said the two additions, utilizing both Crawford and Pivetta in a multi-inning role alongside Josh Winckowski, will help amplify the club’s ability to mix and match.
“We have a good crew back there,” Cora said. “We can mix and match different types of pitches. [Pivetta’s] four-seamer with the curveball. Obviously, Kutter with his five pitches. Winckowski with the sinker. Hopefully it works out.”
The Sox still have one more bullpen decision when Garrett Whitlock (right elbow neuritis) returns. He is scheduled to make his second, and perhaps his final, rehab appearance Sunday.
The Red Sox traded Greg Allen, who signed as a minor-league free agent in January and who was playing outfield at Triple A Worcester, to the Yankees for 18-year-old righthander Diego Hernández and cash considerations. Allen had an upward mobility clause which allowed him to join another club if an immediate big-league opportunity presented itself elsewhere and the Sox had no plans to promote him. Allen hit .250/.407/.388 in 37 games for the WooSox, and was a perfect 23-for-23 on stolen bases. He has played in parts of six seasons in the big leagues with four teams. A part of Allen’s departure: The Red Sox signed outfielder Bradley Zimmer to a minor league deal Friday. Zimmer, who also has played in parts of six major league seasons, was 1 for 13 in 23 appearances for the Blue Jays this season . . . San Diego third base coach Matt Williams returned to the Padres for the first time since receiving a colon cancer diagnosis in early March. He underwent surgery on March 31, and is in the midst of chemotherapy . . . Justin Turner left Friday night’s game with left knee soreness following the bottom of the fourth inning. Turner, who was playing first base, had a walk and a strikeout when Triston Casas pinch hit for him to begin the fifth.
Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.