Lauer's forearm strain appears to be a minor one, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Forearm strains often lead to more significant injures, but Lauer appears to have dodged a bullet this time. Both the pitcher and his manager Andy Green expect him to be able to return sometime in August.
Lauer was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a forearm strain.
Lauer had been poor over his last three starts, allowing 14 runs on 18 hits and six walks in just 11 innings. Those struggles may have been related to the injury. Forearm strains are sometimes the initial diagnosis which precedes a more serious injury, though there hasn't yet been a suggestion that this particular case is cause for additional concern. Walker Lockett was promoted in a corresponding move.
Lauer allowed three earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three across five innings Monday against the Giants. He did not factor into the decision.
Despite allowing nine baserunners, the only damage against Lauer came on three-run home run by Chase d'Arnaud in the second inning. He was able to strand five baserunners with timely outs, and did manage to generate 13 swinging strikes despite his low strikeout total. Even with a 5.30 ERA and 1.71 WHIP, Lauer is likely to remain in the Padres' rotation due to a lack of other healthy or quality options, though his value is limited to leagues where any available innings are valuable.
Lauer (5-7) gave up six runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five over four innings in a loss to the Mets on Tuesday.
Lauer gave up three runs in the opening frame, and was never able to rebound before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the fifth. The southpaw threw 51 of his 85 pitches for strikes, but he only managed 10 first-pitch strikes to the 21 batters he faced. The 23-year-old has now given up 11 earned runs over his last two starts (six innings), a far cry from the 2.33 ERA he posted over his previous eight outings. Lauer's recent struggles make him a risky fantasy play for his next scheduled start Monday, even in a favorable home matchup against the offensively-challenged Giants.
Lauer started 16 games for the Padres during the first half of the 2018 campaign, logging a 4.87 ERA and 1.67 WHIP with a 67:32 K:BB across 77.2 innings. This move likely takes Lauer out of the running for a pair of starts this week as his next projected appearance after facing New York comes Monday versus the Giants.
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