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Dinelson Lamet exits with apparent elbow injury

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Update (9:53 PM ET): Lamet will begin the regular season on the disabled list, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Lamet isn’t believed to have structural damage in his elbow, which should be a relief for the Padres.

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Padres starter Dinelson Lamet left Sunday afternoon’s Cactus League start against the Mariners with an apparent elbow injury, but the club isn’t yet sure how serious the injury is, MLB.com’s A.J. Cassavell reports.

Manager Andy Green said of his injured starter, “Right before the season starts, you don’t want to lose one of your best starting pitchers. Hopefully he’s not out for long, but usually you walk off the mound and your elbow hurts, it’s not a good thing.”

Lamet, 25, had been named the Padres’ No. 2 starter. In his debut last season, Lamet posted a 4.57 ERA with a 139/54 K/BB ratio in 114 1/3 innings.

The Padres will surely provide an update once Lamet undergoes further testing.

The Mariners turned an odd triple play with the help of Evan Gattis

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Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.

Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.

That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.