Lamet (elbow) threw 20-25 pitches, including some sliders, and hit 98 mph in a simulated game Sunday, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. This was Lamet's first time throwing sliders since he suffered an elbow injury in September last season. Provided he emerges from Sunday's session without setbacks, the right-hander could soon toe the mound in a Cactus League contest. It remains unclear whether Lamet will be ready to pitch by Opening Day, and the Padres have a deep enough rotation to allow the 28-year-old as much time as necessary to comfortably ease back into action.
Lamet (elbow) is scheduled to pitch in a simulated game Tuesday, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. While Lamet said early in spring training that he believes he's 100 percent after a right elbow injury kept him sidelined for the Padres' playoff run last fall, the organization has been cautious with the 28-year-old's usage so far during camp. General manager AJ Preller told MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM on Monday that Lamet is "right on track and throwing the ball well," but the Padres aren't yet willing to give the right-hander the green light for Opening Day. Lamet's ability to face hitters Tuesday represents a positive step forward nonetheless, and if all goes well during that throwing session, he could be cleared to make his Cactus League debut at some point next week.
Lamet (elbow) reported no soreness Saturday after throwing Friday, Tony Gwynn Jr. of FOX Sports San Diego reports. This is obviously good news for Lamet, whose 2020 campaign ended early due to an elbow issue. While the right-hander has said that he feels back to full health and appears on track for Opening Day, there is ample reason to be concerned about injury risk given his history of elbow problems and the stress he puts on his arm by throwing a violent slider as his primary pitch. In a best-case scenario, Lamet could cement his place as one of the league's top pitchers, but it remains to be seen how his workload will be managed over a full season.
Lamet (elbow) said Friday that he felt 100 percent, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports. Lamet is no stranger to elbow injuries, having undergone Tommy John surgery back in 2018. He narrowly avoided a second such procedure at the end of last season, as doctors told him he was shut down just in time to avoid serious damage. He underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy instead and said that he felt back to normal after just a few weeks of rest. While his confidence is certainly a good sign heading into the upcoming season, players tend to be rather optimistic about their own health, so it's not nearly enough to conclude that he's completely out of the woods with regard to his elbow issues.
Padres manager Jayce Tingler said Wednesday that he feels good about where Lamet (elbow) stands in his throwing program for the start of spring training, Bernie Wilson of the Associated Press reports. Tingler relayed that Lamet regularly threw bullpen sessions and did everything that trainers recommended over the winter, which offers some reassurance about his health after he missed the tail end of the 2020 regular season and entirety of the Padres' playoff run due to a right elbow injury. Lamet was able to avoid corrective surgery to address the matter, instead treating the injury with platelet-rich plasma injections and rest before he resumed throwing. While Lamet tentatively looks to be on track for Opening Day, expect the Padres to monitor his usage carefully this spring so as to avoid a more serious setback with the elbow.