The San Diego Padres have had a disappointing season to say the least and it got a little more disappointing on Sunday when the Friars couldn’t come through with a runner in scoring position and no outs in the bottom of the ninth. They lost to the Braves 4-3. I talked about the whole series in the latest episode of the Talking Friars podcast.
Then, manager Jayce Tingler told the media postgame that Chris Paddack has been shut down for the remainder of the season. Paddack, 25, landed on the 10-day IL in mid-September due to right elbow inflammation. He landed on the IL earlier this year with an oblique injury as well.
Paddack entered the season as one of the starters that the Padres were hoping would take that next step. You could argue he did based on his month of May. However, you could also argue he didn’t take that next step, as the right hander allowed three or more runs in 12 of his 23 starts this season.
The Padres still have Paddack under control for the next three seasons.
Blake Snell still trying to pitch
Some good news Tingler revealed was that Blake Snell is still trying to pitch this season. Snell is trying to come back from a groin injury he suffered against the Los Angeles Dodgers this month. It was a real bummer when Snell hurt himself in the first inning of his September 12 start at Dodger Stadium because he was finally pitching like the Cy Young-caliber pitcher A.J. Preller acquired in the offseason.
In each of his last seven starts (excluding September 12 when he didn’t make it out of the first inning due to his groin injury), Snell went five or more innings and allowed three or fewer runs.
It’s unclear if Snell would start during one of the three games in San Francisco if he were to return. It’s also unclear if it’s best for Snell to even try and come back since the team isn’t playing for anything but to spoil the Dodgers and Giants’ chances at the division.
Yu Darvish starting Tuesday
Tingler announced after Sunday’s game that Yu Darvish is slated to start on Tuesday against Walker Buehler and the Dodgers. Darvish has battled through some injuries this season but is hoping to finish his first season in San Diego out strong. Darvish currently owns a 4.21 ERA in 29 starts.