Strahm surrendered four runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two over 1.1 innings in Thursday's spring loss to the Cubs.
While the results have been great early on, the Padres are still looking to build Strahm's workload this spring as he competes for a rotation spot, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. The key for the southpaw will be proving that he can handle a starter's workload after missing the majority of the 2017 season with a knee injury. The one advantage the 26-year-old has over his competition is his handedness, as he would be the second lefty in the rotation along with Clayton Richard should he win the battle. If Strahm doesn't crack the rotation, he would likely stick on the 25-man roster due to the Padres' lack of left-handed middle relievers.
Strahm has yet to make his game debut with the Padres since being traded from the Royals in late July, but Green indicated he is on the cusp of making his spring debut. The 26-year-old underwent season-ending knee surgery weeks prior to the trade but has advanced well through his recovery. Strahm could potentially be ready for Opening Day, but it seems more likely to be in a bullpen role as the Padres try to avoid rushing him back. If the team opts to utilize him as a starting pitcher in 2018 the left-hander could very well start the season in the minor leagues to more easily control his innings early on, but San Diego looks to be keeping their options open at least until he appears in a live game situation.
Shipped to San Diego last July in a deal that sent three pitchers to the Royals, Strahm is still awaiting his Padres debut after undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon prior to the deal. As a 6-foot-3 left-hander with a fastball that sits around the mid-90s and a plus curveball, Strahm possesses perhaps the most intriguing skills among the Padres pitchers competing for back-end rotation spots. He'll probably need to turn in a few productive outings in the Cactus League to secure a starting job, but if relegated to the bullpen to begin the year, Strahm could quickly settle into a key setup role.
Strahm (knee) will not have any restrictions during spring training, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Strahm underwent season-ending knee surgery last July shortly before being acquired by the Padres. While he'll be fully healthy heading into spring training, the Padres will still likely manage his workload early on as he eases back into things. The 26-year-old southpaw, who posted a 5.45 ERA and 37:22 K:BB across 34.2 innings last season, should compete for one of the team's final rotation spots this spring.
Although Strahm underwent season-ending knee surgery earlier in July, he still possesses enough upside to be part of the return package that's brought a trio of arms to Kansas City. The left-hander is hopeful that he'll be ready for spring training, but only time will tell.
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|2012||R-Idaho Falls Chukars||1||3||5.64||19||0||0||0||0||30.1||34||29||19||1||4||17||42|
|2014||R-Idaho Falls Chukars||1||0||2.29||10||1||0||0||1||19.2||10||6||5||1||1||10||27|
|2015||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||1||6||2.78||15||11||0||0||1||68.0||48||25||21||7||5||19||83|
|2016||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||3||8||3.43||22||18||0||0||0||102.1||102||47||39||14||6||23||107|
|2017||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||0||0||0.00||4||0||0||0||0||5.0||2||0||0||0||0||0||7|