Notebook: Manning Make MLB Debut; Madrigal Out For Season

Former Sheldon High School athlete Matt Manning made his Major League Baseball debut with the Detroit Tigers Thursday in Anaheim in a 7-5 loss to the Angels. (Courtesy - Detroit Tigers) |

By John Hull | 

 Thursday was a big day for all the Manning family. They were in the stands in Los Angeles for middle son Matt’s Major League Baseball debut. The Sheldon High School basketball and baseball standout, drafted in the first round by the Detroit Tigers in 2016, finally made the Show as the starting pitcher against the Angels.

Manning had glimpses of potential greatness in his five innings he pitched. He allowed two runs, four hits, walked two and struck out three. His opposing pitcher was Angels’ all-star Shohei Ohtani.

He ended up suffering the loss in a 7-5 Los Angeles win.

Manning posted an ERA of 8.07 in 32 innings over seven starts with Triple-A Toledo, which is somewhat deceiving, as he struck out 36 batters and walked just 10. His numbers are skewed by 11 home runs.

“Mentally, he’s in a really good place, and that was important for me to hear,” said Tigers manager A.J. Hinch, prior to Thursday’s game.

Manning told the media on Wednesday he learned it’s not always possible to “out-stuff” or “out-velo” hitters.

“I think there were a lot of good innings in between a lot of not-so-good ones,” he said. “It was a good learning experience and the adversity that I went through is going to make me a better pitcher.”

Now, it’s his goal to stay with the big club the rest of the season. By the looks of Thursday’s performance, he may just do that.

Season’s Over For Madrigal

White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal underwent successful surgery on his right hamstring Tuesday and the former Elk Grove High School star will be out for the rest of the MLB season, according to team spokesmen.

The 24-year-old rookie has become of the league’s best contact hitters and had been a regular this season for Chicago. At the time of the injury, Madrigal was batting .305 with four triples and a .349 OBP.

Madrigal was trying to beat out an infield hit when he injured his hamstring last weekend.

Also spending time on the injury list right now is the Tigers’ Derek Hill. He is on the 10-day injury list with a right shoulder sprain, suffering when trying to run down a fly ball during a game last weekend. He collided with the centerfield wall.

He had just been recalled from Triple-A on June 3.

The New York Mets’ J.D. Davis will probably return to the lineup in July, according to team sources.  Davis hasn’t taken batting practice since the team shut down his baseball activities in late May, though he has swung a bat and done infield work.

Davis, an EGHS grad, has struggled to shake the discomfort and inflammation that forced him to shut things down several weeks into his initial rehab. The team now thinks he’ll resume rehab in late June.

Elk Grove Olympian

In 2008 Elk Grove was represented in the Olympics by EGHS grad Stephanie Lopez-Cox, a member of the women’s soccer team who won a gold medal.

In 2021 our city will be represented in Tokyo by former Pleasant Grove High School softball pitcher Ally Carda. The sport is making a return to the Olympics this summer after being dropped following the Beijing games in 2008.

“I have been on the USA team since I graduated (from UCLA) in 2015,” Carda said recently in an interview with Jessica Mendoza of USA Softball. “But, I did not make the ‘A’ roster in 2018 and that set a spark in me. Mad about it, but honestly, I did not deserve to make that team. And, being an alternate and watching the team play I just never had experienced that. I flipped everything, not just my softball mentality and how I train, I made a whole life transformation for me. I just committed to making the team leading up to this year.”

Carda was a two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year while she was at UCLA. She pitched Pleasant Grove to its only Sac-Joaquin Section championship in 2009. That was a memorable 1-0 shutout of Sheldon who had both Jolene and Danielle Henderson in the lineup. Those two women went on to successful collegiate careers at Cal.

Carda is listed as a pitcher on the U.S. Olympic team, but could play first base.

The games in Tokyo were postponed a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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