The general manager of the San Diego Padres, A. J Preller, gave the go-ahead for Juan Soto to continue playing without any kind of restrictions with the Dominican team in the World Baseball Classic.
The information was offered by the manager, Rodney Linares, who at noon this Tuesday spoke with the Padres executive regarding the problems he had with the outfielder, who in recent days has dealt with problems in his right calf.
“Today everything was clarified and Juan Soto will continue to be part of the daily lineup, after a conversation we had with manager A J. Preller in the sense that he continue to work with the team.
Linares even said that Preller has carefully observed the Dominican games, paying special attention to Juan Soto, whom he has seen run the bases very well and even hit with authority.
One aspect that Linares highlighted is that Preller even observed Soto stealing second base every time at least five times in the first inning of the game last Monday, at a time when Manny Machado was batting, who each time connected the foul ball.
One of the main drawbacks was that Soto had not been on the field for at least the last few days before the start of the Clásico and the executive wanted to witness his real powers in an event where the adrenaline is very high.
Soto was included in the starting lineup presented by the foreman this Tuesday against Israel. As in the previous clash, he is positioned as the leadoff hitter.
The outfielder has been the best bat in the Dominican Republic in the two games he has played and has gone 4-8 with four runs scored. Among his hits are a home run and two doubles.