Lawson (elbow) was added to the Padres' 40-man roster Friday.

The move protects Lawson from the Rule 5 draft. He underwent Tommy John surgery back in March, so he'll likely miss a fair portion of the 2021 campaign. The Padres clearly view him as part of their long-term plans, however, despite the fact that he's never pitched above Double-A and owns a career 5.09 ERA in 226.1 total minor-league innings.

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