After what we thought was good news on Tuesday when Mike Clevinger threw a bullpen session turned into horrible news for the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.
The San Diego Padres are likely to be without their big trade deadline acquisition in the postseason because of an arm issue.
That led many to believe that he could make an appearance in the Wild Card series. But Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that he will miss the series against the St. Louis Cardinals and likely the entire postseason.
The Padres made the big trade for Clevinger at the deadline to help fill out the starting rotation and make this team a serious playoff contender.
Now they’ll likely be without him and their best starter from 2020 in Dinelson Lamet.
The tweet from Passan still leaves some hope that Clevinger could return in the postseason if the Padres advance.
But San Diego also has to think about the future as well. They didn’t just trade for Clevinger to win in 2020 — he’s under control for two more seasons when they figure to be an even bigger force to win the World Series.
You can understand why they might be extra cautious with Clevinger and make sure he’s fully healthy before returning, even though I’m sure he’d love to be out on the mound right now.
It’s unfortunate, but it’s the hand we are dealt and I still have confidence in this team to get the job done.
The Padres will start their series against the Cardinals at 2:08 p.m. on Wednesday at Petco Park in beautiful San Diego.