The San Diego Padres’ projected number-two starter, Dinelson Lamet, left the Friars’ final Spring Training game in the second inning yesterday with elbow pain.
According to Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune, a source close to the San Diego Padres does not feel that there is any structural damage to Lamet’s elbow and that the team’s expectation is that he will miss minimal time.
While his injury puts his Opening Day roster status in heavy doubt, as for right now, it seems that a true crisis has been averted.
Lamet, 25, was set to follow Clayton Richard in the Friars’ rotation to start the year. With him out, Luis Perdomo will likely move into that second spot and the team will be forced to either move Chris Young into the rotation or go with another in-house option.
Joey Lucchesi was the last pitcher to be cut from the roster before Lamet’s injury yesterday. There’s a great possibility that we could see him move into the Padres starting-five until Lamet returns.
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Padres surely hope this isn’t serious
Early speculation has his return pegged as “May”, but without a statement from the franchise themselves and with the long list of unknowns that we have at this point.
It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the Friars’ fanbase will be holding their collective breaths until they see the Padres’ potential-breakout star back on the mound in sunny San Diego.
Dinelson Lamet has pitched to a 4.57 earned-run average in 114.1 career innings, with a 1.242 WHIP and 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings.
This young man’s talent and potential are clearly there, most were hoping that this would be the season in which Lamet set himself apart from the rest of the team’s starters.
In Cactus League play this spring, Lamet threw 10.2 innings with a 3.38 earned-run average, eleven strikeouts, three walks, and a 1.313 WHIP.
For a team like the San Diego Padres, who have so much promise and such a high ceiling, an injury scare like this can shake a franchise to its core. Thankfully, and hopefully, this turns out to be a minor issue, as its already being reported.