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Padres place Chris Paddack on injured list with elbow inflammation

San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune
 2021-09-14

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Chris Paddack pitches against the Oakland Athletics on July 27. (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

The Padres suffered another blow to their starting rotation Monday when right-hander Chris Paddack experienced discomfort in his throwing elbow while playing catch and was placed on the 10-day injured list.

Already unsure if Blake Snell will be able to start Friday’s series opener in St. Louis due to adductor (groin) tightness , the Padres will now be without their scheduled starter in Thursday’s finale here against the Giants.

The Padres recalled right-hander Shaun Anderson from Triple-A to take Paddack’s spot on the roster but not in the rotation. It is unclear how the Padres will cover what could be two consecutive starts.

Paddack’s placement on the IL, which was officially because of "elbow inflammation," is retroactive to Sunday with the hope rest will allow him to start Sept. 22 against the Giants at Petco Park.

Paddack started Saturday in Los Angeles and woke up Sunday with his arm feeling tighter than usual.

“It was significantly better (Monday), but he went to go throw ... and had a little something in there,” manager Jayce Tingler said. “We felt could we shoot for Thursday. We’re probably playing Russian roulette at that point. The best thing, we thought, was to give him the nine, 10 days off.”

Paddack had Tommy John surgery in 2016, but Tingler said the team’s medical staff is optimistic due to the location of the tightness.

According to Tingler, Paddack has not complained of discomfort when throwing his fastball. And his velocity on the pitch, while fluctuating his past two starts, ticked up to normal at the end of Saturday’s outing. He does feel some of the tightness when throwing his curveball, which he has used more frequently lately.

Snell, meanwhile, continued to get treatment for his adductor with the hope he can pitch Friday. That appears to be a dubious proposition based on his progress a day after making it through just 11 pitches Sunday against the Dodgers.

“He woke up a little bit …. more sore, tender than what he expected,” Tingler said. “So we'll (do) continued treatment and see how that goes. But it's just too early to say right now. I'd say still shooting for the start in St. Louis, but it's still too early to say if that's a real possibility or not.”

Snell entered Sunday having posted a 1.85 ERA in his previous seven starts. He had allowed four hits and three runs in 21 2/3 innings over his previous four starts.

Paddack was charged with four runs in 4 2/3 innings Saturday and has a 3.28 ERA over his past five starts (26 1/3 innings).

Yu Darvish starts Monday against the Giants with Jake Arrieta going Tuesday and Joe Musgrove scheduled to start Wednesday.

Before the truncated starts by Paddack and Snell, the rotation had been much improved over the previous 2½ weeks. In 13 games between Aug. 25 and Friday, Padres starters turned in seven quality starts and combined for a 3.35 ERA in 75 1/3 innings.

This story originally appeared in San Diego Union-Tribune .

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