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.
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.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.