Padres manager Jayce Tingler suggested Wednesday that Richards will remain in the bullpen regardless of the status of injured starter Mike Clevinger (biceps), Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Clevinger was pulled due to a recurrence of biceps tightness after only one inning Wednesday, putting his postseason availability in doubt and potentially opening up a spot in the rotation. Despite the possible need for a replacement starter, Tingler suggested that the team's plan for Richards to pitch out of the bullpen will remain unchanged. The comment is somewhat surprising given Richards' general effectiveness as a starter this season; he gave up three earned runs or fewer in seven of his 10 starts.
Richards will work out of the bullpen for the final stretch of the regular season, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The right-hander worked as a reliever during Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing a solo homer with one strikeout and one walk over one inning. The Padres have three scheduled off days over the final 11 days of the season, so the team won't require a fifth starter until the playoffs. Richards could rejoin the rotation during the final weekend series, depending how the Friars want to structure the rotation entering the playoffs.
Richards allowed a run on two hits and two walks and struck out three over 4.1 innings in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Giants. He did not factor in the decision. Richards allowed an RBI dounle to Mike Yastrzemski in the second inning, but that was the only damage on his line. Unfortunately, the Padres' offense didn't produce enough to put Richards in position for a win. The 32-year-old lowered his ERA to 4.27 with a 1.29 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 46.1 innings this season. Richards is expected to face the Mariners on Saturday in his next start.
Richards will start Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Giants. The 32-year-old was originally slated to start Friday's contest, but the first two games of the series were postponed after the Giants produced a positive test for COVID-19, which has since been determined to have been a false positive. Mike Clevinger will start the matinee for the Friars.
Richards' start scheduled for Friday was postponed after a player for the Giants tested positive for COVID-19. Friday's game was called off just before the first pitch due to the positive COVID-19 test. Contact tracing hasn't been done yet, and it's unclear how the postponement will impact the Padres' schedule going forward.
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