Lamet (elbow) advanced his rehab to Triple-A El Paso on Sunday, allowing four runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four batters in five innings. Lamet hasn't been great through four rehab starts, allowing 12 runs in 14 innings, though he does have 18 strikeouts. His rehab assignment will be up before the end of the month, though there's no guarantee he heads straight to the big leagues at that point.
Lamet (elbow) tossed four scoreless innings in his third rehab start Monday with High-A Lake Elsinore. He scattered three hits and a walk and struck out five. Lamet pushed his pitch count up to 56 and threw 36 strikes. With Monday's outing representing his best statistical showing to date since he began the rehab assignment in late May, Lamet looks ready to move up to Triple-A El Paso for his next outing. Assuming Lamet's surgically repaired elbow continues to respond well as he ups his workload, he could be a candidate to join the San Diego rotation as soon as late June.
Lamet (elbow) will require at least one more rehab start at High-A Lake Elsinore before the Padres determine his next step, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. In his long road back from Tommy John surgery, Lamet made his second start for Lake Elsinore on Tuesday against Inland Empire. He pushed his pitch count up to 61 (36 strikes) in the outing, covering 2.1 innings and giving up five runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four. Despite his lackluster results through two rehab starts, Lamet fastball has been clocked as high as 98 miles per hour in both outings, leaving him confident with where he stands in his recovery. He could be an option for the San Diego rotation at some point later in June.
Lamet pitched an inning in an extended spring training game Tuesday, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. The right-hander took a positive step as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery he underwent in 2018, as he reportedly showcased impressive velocity in this extended spring training appearance. "He's bigger, he's stronger, he's worked really hard," manager Andy Green said. "It's been really impressive how he's attacked his rehab." Although this was an encouraging sign for Lamet, he's still without a timetable for a return. He posted a 4.57 ERA and struck out 139 batters in 114.1 innings in 2017.
Lamet (elbow) threw a successful side session. Lamet is making steady progress as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander was able to mix in changeups during his most recent session, while he threw his first slider from flat ground earlier in the week. Barring any setbacks, Lamet is hoping to return sometime this summer.
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