The San Diego Padres are in the playoffs for the first time since 2006, but it’s not going to start the way they probably imagined.
Dinelson Lamet and Mike Clevinger are not on the Padres' 28-man roster for the first series. They are listed on the 12-man taxi squad, which includes MacKenzie Gore and Ryan Weathers.
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) September 30, 2020
Both are instead on the 12-man taxi squad, which means they could return at a later stage in the playoffs — if the Padres make it that far.
Lamet, 28, has been an absolute stud for the Padres this season. In 12 games he has a 2.09 ERA with 93 strikeouts and 20 walks. He’s currently dealing with a biceps issue, which is what caused him to leave his last start of the season earlier than normal. According to Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Lamet hasn’t thrown a bullpen session since he exited his start on Friday, and has also not had an MRI.
There are greater concerns about Clevinger, 29, who was acquired by the Padres at the trade deadline. He’s started eight games in 2020, missing some time after breaking COVID-19 protocols and being demoted by Cleveland, and has a 3.02 ERA with 40 strikeouts, but has been dealing with elbow and biceps issues since mid-September. He threw a bullpen session on Tuesday that only seemed to muddy the waters, as now there’s a question about whether he’ll pitch in the playoffs at all.
Padres SP Mike Clevinger is unlikely to pitch in the wild card series -- and perhaps the rest of the playoffs -- after a Tuesday bullpen session didn't resolve questions about his short- and long-term arm health, sources tell me and @JesseRogersESPN. Significant concerns persist.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 30, 2020
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