The Padres have placed reliever Drew Pomeranz on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder impingement and selected the contract of infielder/outfielder Ivan Castillo, Dennis Lin of The Athletic tweets.
This adds to a long history of injuries for Pomeranz, who spent time on the IL in 2020 – his first season of a four-year, $34MM contract – with a shoulder strain. Pomeranz more recently dealt with left forearm tightness during the spring, but he was ready to go when Opening Day arrived. Since then, he has continued to serve as an integral part of the Padres’ bullpen with a 1.98 ERA/2.98 SIERA and a strong 35.7 percent strikeout rate against a less impressive 12.5 percent walk rate over 13 2/3 frames. Additionally, Pomeranz ranks second on the team in holds (five), which will make him even more difficult to replace.
The injury to Pomeranz opens the door for the 25-year-old Castillo, who’s set for his big league debut. Castillo has already made his Triple-A debut this year and slashed an excellent .444/.516/.519 with two stolen bases across 31 plate appearances. FanGraphs’ Eric Longenhagen ranked the 5-foot-9 switch-hitter 34th in the Padres’ deep farm system earlier this week and wrote that “[h]e has fantastic feel for contact.” The question is whether that will transfer to the majors.
The beat goes on
Well this explains why they let Nick Ramierez blow that second game in Colorado on Wednesday without throwing Pomeranz.
Whatever they need to do to get these guys back healthy later in the year. No need to push anyone at this point when half the starting lineup is on the IL.
As long as we don’t fall behind.
Winning 2 of 3 from the Cards with half the team on the il would be amazing.
Dodgers aren’t gonna go 5-15 again I’m afraid.
Of course, I’m concerned the blue boys go 15-5 while the Padres are short-handed. Best scenario the minor league guys come through, and get some ‘major’ experience!
The blueboys play the Giants 7 times in next two weeks so that might moderate impact of this 10 day covid depletion,
Losing Pomeranz really sucks. But what a boon it would be if the Padres are to somehow go 6-3 on this homestand despite fielding a lineup full of non- or marginal MLers. They could use a dominant pitching performance or two because that lineup won’t produce much.
The Giants playing the Dudgers will help the Pads with their lineup as it is. I was hoping for one win against the Cards and they have won the first two. Tonight will be a huge challenge for Weathers. All right handers with two switch hitters in the lineup except the pitcher.
3-0 home stand so far from the patchwork pads, defying all reason
A culture is being cultivated in SD. I’m not a Tingler fan at all, but have to give him credit for being a part in creating it.
AJ Preller loves to pay top dollar for overvalued, oft-injured players.