The Padres released their 28-man roster for their NLDS matchup with the Dodgers, and Dinelson Lamet’s injury keeps him sidelined.
Not long after the news broke that Mike Clevinger would reportedly be starting Game 1 of the NLDS this evening, the Padres released their 28-man roster for the series. Surprisingly, Dinelson Lamet has been omitted for the second consecutive series, which is confusing because his injury was perceived as being less serious than Clevinger’s.
The Padres opted not to get an MRI on Lamet’s elbow/bicep, and many believe that if the team made it beyond the Wild Card round, he’d return. Now the Padres will have to hope that they can advance without him facing the Dodgers, who feature all kings of firepower in the rotation and the bullpen.
Not to mention their offense.
Anyway, the Padres 28-man roster does come with a few surprises as LHP Ryan Weathers was added as was OF Greg Allen, in addition to Clevinger. Aside from Lamet, RHP Dan Altavilla, and infielders Greg Garcia and Jorge Mateo were swapped out.
The addition of both Weathers and Allen in this series is a bit puzzling. Weathers has yet to pitch above Single-A, so I’m not entirely sure what role he’ll have, especially in a huge series.
Allen was part of the Clevinger deal with the Indians, but he only played in 1 game, going 0-for-1 with two walks. Perhaps the Padres like his ability to switch-hit or his ability to get on-base. I’m not sure. I don’t expect either to have a significant role in the NLDS.
The bigger issue is not having Lamet in for this series. Let’s hope the addition of Clevinger works well for the Padres rotation. They also need Chris Paddack to look somewhat like what we saw in his rookie year, or it’s going to spell big trouble for the Pads.