Sport Padres hopeful Dinelson Lamet or Ryan Weathers can return Tuesday

05:45  04 may  2021
05:45  04 may  2021 Source:   mlbtraderumors.com

Padres latest Dinelson Lamet update doesn't sound promising

  Padres latest Dinelson Lamet update doesn't sound promising It doesn't look like San Diego Padres pitcher Dinelson Lamet will be returning to the bump soon, as the latest update from the team is the opposite of promising. On Tuesday, the San Diego Padres got quite the scare when starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet left the contest early due to forearm ti ghtness. You could tell he was in some discomfort, and the Padres of course are never going to risk things when it comes to his health. The latest reports out of San Diego sure don't sound promising, as it's expected that the hard-throwing righty will be headed to the Injured List.

After a flurry of offseason acquisitions, the Padres entered the season with arguably one of the deepest pools of rotation candidates in the game. But just a month into the season, they are already looking at a bullpen game.

a baseball player throwing a ball: San Diego Padres starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet. © Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports San Diego Padres starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet.

Miguel Diaz will be the nominal starter today, but the 26-year-old right-hander has been working 3-4 inning stints at the Padres’ alternate site in preparation, writes Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has appeared in 47 games for the Padres going back to 2017 and only three times as a starter.

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In the near term, the Padres are holding out hope that either Ryan Weathers or Dinelson Lamet will be ready to start on Tuesday, adds Acee. Said manager Jayce Tingler, “Both of them were pretty aggressive with their bullpens today and came out reporting feeling well. We think that’s a good step for both guys. We’ll see how they respond tomorrow and go from there.”

Lamet has made just one start his year, going two scoreless before being removed because of forearm soreness. Weathers, 21, was the youngest starting pitcher in baseball, and he’d been nothing short of brilliant before leaving his last start with arm soreness. The young southpaw has a 0.55 ERA/3.23 FIP over 16 1/3 innings combined out of the pen and rotation.

There remains no word on Chris Paddack, who was placed on the injured list without an injury designation. Presumably, that points to a COVID-related absence. That could mean a quick turnaround for Paddack as we have seen with a few players this year, but only time will tell. If Paddack isn’t able to return shortly, the Padres hope that Lamet and Weathers could fill out the rotation. Otherwise, Diaz may be in for more than just a spot start.

Some well-deserved hype for the often overlooked small-market players

  Some well-deserved hype for the often overlooked small-market players Spoiler: Bryan Reynolds did not win the batting title last summer. Ah, but it’s a new year, a new day, and perhaps a new Reynolds — or, more like the Reynolds we fell for in 2019. Reynolds is off to a .308/.400/.462 start, with a couple of homers. He’s already walked nine times. Statcast data backs up the early Reynolds returns — his expected average is .313, his expected slugging is .560. Heck, if anything, Reynolds has been a little unlucky in the opening weeks. The Pirates have made Reynolds the centerpiece of their offense, an offense that’s been better than expected. You’ll find Reynolds slotted No. 3 most days.

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