San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin had successful prostate surgery Wednesday morning.
The club announced the update while the Padres were playing the Cubs. Melvin's procedure took place at UC San Diego Health. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Melvin, who was hired away from Oakland on Nov. 1, said he'd been feeling various symptoms since the team returned from a road trip last Wednesday night.
He has been bothered by what the team called a gastrointestinal issue. He was at the ballpark last Thursday night but did not manage in a 2-1 win against Miami. He was replaced by bench coach Ryan Christenson.
On Monday evening, the Padres said Melvin might miss a few games in the coming days, including a series opener against the Cubs. A few hours later, they said Melvin was feeling a little better and decided to manage the game, a 6-0 loss. Melvin wasn't feeling well enough to do the post-game news conference, so third base coach Matt Williams handled it.
"Our staff is great. They’ll probably do a better job than I would,” Melvin said about his absence.
The Cubs series ended Wednesday afternoon and the Padres begin a three-city, nine-game road trip that starts Friday and ends May 22. Melvin said he hopes to miss only the first six games, in Philadelphia and Atlanta. The trip concludes with three games in San Francisco.
“I'll watch and we'll probably have talks every day about lineups and such," Melvin said. "I hope it's only Atlanta and Philadelphia, but if it's the entire road trip, it's the entire road trip.”