Adrián Morejón left his begin towards the Rangers this afternoon within the first inning. The younger left-hander has a forearm/elbow pressure in his throwing arm, the Padres later informed reporters (including Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune).
That’s an ominous sounding prognosis, as forearm strains are sometimes a precursor to Tommy John surgical procedure. There’s no indication at this level Morejón might want to endure that (or some other) process, however it appears he’ll require an injured record stint on the very least. Morejón, who broke into the majors as a swingman over the previous two years, started this season as San Diego’s fifth starter.
Whereas Morejón has solely managed a 6.03 ERA over his first 31.1 MLB innings, a deeper look exhibits lots extra promise. The previous high-profile worldwide signee has been one of many recreation’s high prospects over the past 4 years, getting into the season as Baseball America’s #75 total farmhand. Whereas Morejón has given up far too many house runs in his transient large league time, he’s additionally demonstrated a capability to overlook bats and command the strike zone. His 26.1% strikeout price, 12% swinging strike price and 5.8% stroll proportion are all higher than league common, no small feat for a participant who simply turned 22 years outdated.
Ought to Morejón miss time, the Friars may flip to a handful of different younger arms in his rotation spot till Dinelson Lamet is able to return from harm. Prime prospect MacKenzie Gore is extensively anticipated to debut in some unspecified time in the future in 2021, whereas former high ten decide Ryan Weathers already made his MLB debut and has been understanding of the bullpen this 12 months. Jordan Humphreys, whom the Padres claimed off waivers final month, is among the many different beginning pitcher choices on the 40-man roster.