The Padres announced they’ve placed starter Chris Paddack on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to September 12, due to right elbow inflammation. Shaun Anderson has been recalled from Triple-A El Paso to take his spot on the active roster.
It’s yet another injury blow for the Friars’ rotation, which has dealt with IL stints at various points of the season for everyone except Joe Musgrove. Paddack himself missed a month with a strained left oblique, and the presence of an elbow issue is perhaps even more alarming on the surface. Fortunately, manager Jayce Tingler suggested the team believes Paddack could return after missing just one start (via AJ Cassavell of MLB.com).
Paddack has had a difficult season, pitching to a 5.07 ERA over 108 1/3 innings. He’s posted strikeout (21.6%) and ground-ball (42.9%) rates not far off the league average, though, while his 4.8% walk percentage is stellar. Paddack’s resulting 4.05 SIERA is far less unsightly than his actual ERA, as the right-hander has stranded an abnormally low 60.7% of runners that have reached base against him. With better sequencing, Paddack should be better able to keep runs off the board moving forward — assuming, of course, he returns to good health in short order.
The Padres are left to rely on Musgrove, Yu Darvish, Blake Snell and Jake Arrieta in the starting staff. Snell left last night’s start early with adductor tightness, leaving it in question whether he’ll be able to make his next start. The Friars will continue to have to patch things together in the rotation over the next few weeks, as they battle the Reds and Cardinals (with the Phillies and Mets also lurking not far behind) for the National League’s final playoff spot.