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Report: Chris Paddack set to return, starts Saturday vs Pittsburgh

Rookie has a 3.15 ERA in 65 2⁄3 innings

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Kevin Acee reports Chris Paddack will start against the Pirates Saturday in Pittsburgh. The Pirates have struggled, so the team is hoping Paddack can get back on track. He is well rested and is eager to deploy the mechanical adjustments he made during his break.

“One of the game’s elite prospects entering the season, Paddack has lived up to the billing thus far. He owns a 3.15 ERA/3.73 FIP with tremendous strikeout and walk rates (9.87 K/9 and 1.78 BB/9) through the first 12 starts and 65 2/3 innings of his major league career. But Paddack has stumbled somewhat since the outset of May, when his ERA sat at just 1.55, which likely played into the Padres’ decision to send him to the Single-A level on a short-term basis.”