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Injured starters Mike Clevinger, Dinelson Lamet not on San Diego Padres roster

San Diego Padres right-hander Mike Clevinger will not pitch in the wild-card round, and he could miss the remainder of the postseason with an arm injury that did not resolve during a bullpen session Tuesday, sources told ESPN.

Clevinger is not the only Padres starter with an injury. Dinelson Lamet, who concluded the season with a 2.09 ERA and was expected to be their No. 2 starter, is also out for the three-game, opening-round series versus the St. Louis Cardinals.

He has a biceps injury. San Diego named Chris Paddack its Game 1 starter in lieu of Clevinger. Padres general manager A.J. Preller announced Wednesday that Zach Davies will be the Game 2 starter, and if there’s a Game 3 it will be “all hands on deck.”

Right-hander Garrett Richards and left-hander Adrian Morejon also have started games for the Padres this year.

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The Padres obtained Clevinger, 29, from the Cleveland Indians at the trade deadline and expected him to lead their playoff rotation.

Clevinger left a Sept. 23 start after one inning, and while he has attempted to throw in the week since, concerns about his short- and long-term health persist, according to sources.

Rotation depth, while not vital in the wild-card round, will become paramount in the division series and championship series, during which there will be no off days.

The Padres acquired Clevinger, outfielder Greg Allen and a player to be named for a six-player package. Clevinger had fallen out of favor with the Indians after he and teammate Zach Plesac broke curfew during a trip in Chicago.

Teammates blamed Clevinger of lying to them and they criticized him during a meeting, following which he and Plesac were demoted. Beyond this year, the concerns about Clevinger’s arm are acute.

He has two years before he reaches free agency, and the Padres spent significant prospect capital at the deadline in hopes of him anchoring the rotation over the next few years as they try to obtain the franchise’s first championship.

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Clevinger will make Padres debut at Angels

Mike Clevinger will be on the mound Thursday afternoon in Anaheim, Calif., making his debut for the San Diego Padres versus the team that originally drafted him, the Los Angeles Angels.

Clevinger, who was traded from the Cleveland Indians to the Padres in a deadline deal on Monday, will make his second start since he was placed on the restricted list by the Indians for breaking COVID-19 protocols in early August. He missed three weeks, but returned with a solid game Aug. 26, giving up two runs on eight hits and one walk over six innings in a triumph over the Minnesota Twins.

Clevinger, who is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA in four starts this campaign, is excited about his chance for a fresh start with a new team.

“(The Padres) are the most exciting team in baseball by far right now,” he said. “It’s definitely the place to be. I’m stoked that they wanted me here. It’s a definitely a destination guys want to be.”

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He could not have picked a better opponent than the Angels to impress his new teammates.

In six career starts against them, he is 4-0 with a 2.94 ERA. He’s even better pitching in Anaheim — 2-0 with a 0.79 ERA in two starts (one earned run in 11 1/3 innings).

The Angels drafted Clevinger out of Seminole Community College in Sanford, Fla., in 2011, and he was having a mediocre season playing Class-A ball in 2014 when he was traded to the Indians for middle reliever Vinnie Pestano, who played his last major league game in 2015.

Clevinger, who was 23 at the time, was 4-3 with a 4.31 ERA in 18 combined starts playing for the Burlington (Iowa) Bees and Inland Empire (Calif.) 66ers, while Pestano was a major league reliever the Angels felt they needed to fortify their bullpen for a playoff push.

Now, Clevinger joins a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs in 14 years.

“I know it’s been since 2006, but there’s definitely something brewing here, and it’s going to be special for the coming years, it’s not just this year,” he said.

“I couldn’t be any more excited. This is exactly where I wanted to be. From a distance, this was one of the best organizations around.”

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Indians clear outfielder Franmil Reyes to rejoin workouts

Cleveland Indians outfielder Franmil Reyes has been cleared to return to the team after attending an Independence Day party without a mask.

Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters Reyes was tested for COVID-19 and isolated himself from the team after it became known he was maskless around other people.

“I want to make sure everybody understands that there was nothing egregious,” Francona told reporters Tuesday. “So we called him and told him that he needs to test again when it’s appropriate, and that’s for the medical people to tell us, before we can let him back to practice. Again, he’s not in the penalty box—I want to make that perfectly clear—it’s just the way we have to operate right now.”

Unlike the NHL and NBA, MLB is not having its players convene in a “bubble” format. They are free to go home when workouts end, and MLB will be traveling via plane, staying in hotels, etc. over the course of its regional 60-game campaign.

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Francona said the team spoke with its players after video of Reyes attending a party made rounds on social media.

Reyes, 25, is heading into his first full season with Cleveland after a midseason trade from the San Diego Padres in 2019. The right fielder played 150 matches last year, hitting 37 home runs and driving in 81 runs with a .249/.310/.512 slash line. 

Also, outfielder Delino DeShields Jr., who tested positive for the coronavirus, is traveling to Cleveland after he had one negative test. The team says DeShields experienced minor symptoms from the virus. He’ll be tested again when he arrives and can rejoin his teammates as long as he doesn’t test positive again.

“He was obviously excited. Said he was planning on traveling like the Michelin Man today through the airport,” Francona stated DeShields is in his first campaign with Cleveland, which obtained him in December from Texas in the trade involving ace Corey Kluber.

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San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres

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The San Francisco Giants are mathematically alive for a postseason berth and it might stay that way a little longer as they visit the San Diego Padres on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series.

The San Francisco Giants begin the stretch drive looking to go on a season ending hot streak. The Giants knocked off Arizona 5-1 Sunday to avoid getting swept at home. Veteran Tim Hudson came up big with a four hits shutout over six frames to even his record at 8-8 and the offense didn’t waste the effort. SF mustered six hits and walked four times with Buster Posey clubbing a three run bomb while Matt Duffy scored twice. Christopher Heston gets Tuesday’s start against the Padres for the 4th time this year. Heston did not get a decision in a 9-8 loss to Cincinnati with three runs scored on three hits and four BB in five frames.

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The San Diego Padres had held out hopes of finishing the season at .500 but that would be a stretch right now. The Padres will be shooting for consecutive victories following a 10-4 win at Coors Field on Sunday. Everything went well with starter James Shields holding the Rockies to four runs on two hits and four BB through 6.2 innings. The offense amassed 15 hits with Matt Kemp, Yangervis Solarte, Cory Spangenberg and Jedd Gyorko each slamming long balls. Tyson Ross gets the series opening start against San Francisco for the third time on the year. Ross did not receive a decision in a 6-4 loss at Arizona with a lone run allowed over six innings.

San Francisco are 5-16 in their last 21 road games. The over is 8-1 in San Diego’s last 9 vs. National League West and  is 16-5-1 in their last 22 games following a win while going  36-13-2 in their last 51 overall. San Francisco are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in San Diego

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Giants RH Chris Heston (11-10, 3.61 ERA) vs. Padres RH Tyson Ross (10-10, 3.18)Heston received a no-decision after allowing three runs, three hits and four walks while striking out eight in five innings of San Francisco’s 9-8 loss to Cincinnati on Sept. 15. The 27-year-old Floridian won his first two starts coming out of the All-Star break – including one over San Diego – before posting a 5.12 ERA during his slide. Heston is 2-1 with a 3.26 ERA in three starts covering 19 1/3 innings versus the Padres this season.Ross settled for a no-decision after permitting one run and four hits while matching a season high with nine strikeouts in six innings of San Diego’s 6-4 loss in Arizona on Sept. 15. The 28-year-old Californian’s last victory came Aug. 31, when he yielded three hits and fanned seven in seven innings of a 7-0 victory over Texas. Ross is 3-3 with a 3.69 ERA in nine games (seven starts) against the Giants – 1-1, 3.46 in two turns early this season.

WALK-OFFS

  1. Ross has 194 strikeouts – one shy of his career high – and needs six to reach 200, which would mark the first time in Padres history two pitchers reached that plateau in the same season. James Shields went over 200 on Sunday
  2. San Francisco has tied a major league record with five pitchers homering in the same season – Madison Bumgarner five; Mike Leake (one with the Giants), Tim Hudson, Jake Peavy and Ryan Vogelsong (one apiece) – and its total of nine is the most since the 1934 staff belted 10.
  3. San Diego is 58-0 when leading after eight innings this season.

 

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San Diego Padres at Milwaukee Brewers

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The San Diego Padres had been executing better with runners in scoring position in recent weeks, but timely hits have been rare in the last few days.

They’re hoping for better situational hitting to end this 10-game trip on a positive note Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Padres (52-56) won eight of 10 from July 24-Monday, going 23 for 53 with runners in scoring position in the last five victories. They’ve lost three of four, however, going 4 for 27 in those situations in the losses.

San Diego matched Milwaukee’s 11 hits Wednesday, but was 3 for 12 with runners in scoring position in an 8-5 loss to the Brewers (46-63), who were 4 for 7.

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Murphy did have a few reasons to be encouraged: San Diego rallied for three runs in the ninth, Justin Upton was 2 for 4 after sitting out Tuesday with a sore thumb and Yangervis Solarte extended his hitting streak to 11 games, the longest by a Padre since Will Venable’s 15-game run in August 2013.

San Diego’s Odrisamer Despaigne (5-7, 4.75 ERA) is aiming to win a third straight outing after back-to-back victories over Miami. He had won only once in his previous 12 starts.

Despite Murphy’s glowing assessment, those performances might have been misleading given Miami’s major league-worst 3.5 runs per game – though Milwaukee isn’t much better at 3.9 per game. Despaigne was also excellent in his only start against the Brewers, giving up one earned run while striking out nine over seven innings of a 3-2 victory for the Padres on Aug. 27, though he wasn’t credited with the win.

Matt Garza (5-12, 5.17), conversely, is trying to avoid dropping a third consecutive start for the third time this year. He had three such skids in his previous nine seasons.

Garza — trying to avoid joining teammate Kyle Lohse as the only 13-game losers in the majors — is 1-5 with a 5.83 ERA in his last seven outings, walking 13 in the last five.

Though he issued four free passes Saturday against the Chicago Cubs, he was solid otherwise, allowing three runs – all on Anthony Rizzo’s homer – over six innings in the 4-2 loss.

The Milwaukee offense was lackluster as it often has been with Garza on the mound, and he fell to 1-11 when getting two or fewer runs of support.

He hasn’t faced San Diego since 2011 but has fared well in three matchups, going 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 21 innings.

Upton is 2 for 15 with six strikeouts versus Garza.

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