Paddack allowed two runs on five hits and three walks across five inning in a 6-3 loss at Pittsburgh on Saturday. He struck out one and did not factor in the decision Paddack held the Pirates hitless through the first four innings, but he gave up three hits in the fifth, including a two-run homer to Jose Osuna. Overall it was a good performance from Paddack after spending the previous 10 days in the minors to help manage his workload. The 23-year-old has a 3.18 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 73:16 K:BB through 70.2 innings and figures to take the mound next weekend versus the Cardinals.
The Padres recalled Paddack from High-A Lake Elsinore ahead of his scheduled start Saturday against the Pirates. Reliever Gerardo Reyes was optioned to Triple-A El Paso to clear a spot on the active roster for Paddack, who was shut down for the past week and a half while the Padres remain mindful of restricting his workload this season. Paddack may be subjected to further non-injury-related shutdowns later in the season, but he should remain a worthy starting option in just about every fantasy format when he's included in the Padres' pitching schedule. He had been scuffling prior to his assignment to Lake Elsinore, however, posting a 5.76 ERA and 1.32 WHIP over his last five starts for San Diego.
Paddack will be recalled from High-A Lake Elsinore to start Saturday at Pittsburgh, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Paddack was sent to High-A on June 12 with the Friars looking to manage his innings during his rookie campaign, and he'll make his return Saturday after spending the minimum 10 days in the minors. The 23-year-old has a 3.15 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 72:13 K:BB through 65.2 innings this season, but he struggled over his final three starts before being sent down with 13 runs allowed (12 earned) over 14.1 innings.
Paddack was optioned to High-A Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports. The Padres are looking to monitor the young right-hander's innings, so he'll head to the minors for the time being to rest for what is expected to be a short period of time before ultimately rejoining the Padres. It seems like a good time for a reset for Paddack, as he's allowed a combined 13 runs (12 earned) across 14.1 innings over his last three appearances. The Padres have yet to announce who will replace Paddack in the rotation at this point.
Paddack did not factor into the decision versus the Giants on Tuesday, pitching five innings and giving up three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out six. On a positive note, Paddack allowed less than four earned runs for the first time in his last three starts and extended his streak of walking one batter or less to 10 consecutive games. On the other hand, he failed to make it past the fifth inning for the fourth time in five starts and saw his ERA reach its high point of the season at 3.15. While Paddack has maintained a strong strikeout rate, his 5.76 ERA over the rough five-game stretch is a far cry from his early-season dominance. His next start is scheduled for Sunday in Colorado.