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Dinelson Lamet (forearm) left Wednesday's start against the Brewers with forearm tightness. He pitched two scoreless innings. (Source: San Diego Padres on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lamet made it through two innings in 29 pitches before being lifted. This is a gut-wrenching blow, as Lamet dealt with arm injuries last season before being shut down for the playoffs. Check back shortly for additional updates on Lamet's condition.

Category: Injury Updates

Jake Cronenworth is getting a day off on Wednesday. The Padres' second baseman will open the game on the bench after starting the first 19 contests this season.

Fantasy Impact: Cronenworth has spent 16 games at second base and three at shortstop this season, as well as two-thirds of an inning on the mound. To this point, he's been impressive at the plate, slashing .293/.357/.427 through an MLB-most 75 at-bats. He also owns four RBI, seven walks, and 10 strikeouts. Ha-Seong Kim will get the spot start at second base. Right-hander Adrian Houser is set to take the mound for the Brewers.

Tommy Pham goes 1-4 on Tuesday

Wed, Apr 21st 11:51am EDT
By Matt Flipi

Tommy Pham went 1-4 with with a single and a strikeout in the Padres' loss to the Brewers on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Pham had three hard hit ball events on Tuesday, hitting the balls he put in play 96 MPH, 104, MPH, and 106 MPH. Tuesday's game was an encouraging one for Pham, as he continues to show he can still hit the ball hard. His average exit velocity and hard hit rate are now both in the top quarter in baseball. Additionally, Pham's walk rate remains high and his chase rate is elite. With his plate discipline and ability to hit the ball hard, Pham should break out of his slow start soon. Fantasy managers who have Pham rostered should be patient. Treating Pham as a matchup dependent player is fine for now, but dropping him is too extreme of a measure this early in the season.

Category: Game Recaps

Eric Hosmer goes 1-4 on Tuesday

Wed, Apr 21st 11:33am EDT
By Matt Flipi

Eric Hosmer went 1-4 with a single in the Padres' loss to the Brewers on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Hosmer continues to lead the San Diego offense, as he now boasts a .903 OPS on the season. We are still in small sample size season, but there is reason to believe Hosmer could continue his hot start. Hosmer is striking out less and walking more so far in 2021. That's a good sign for fantasy managers who have Hosmer rostered. He may not finish the year with his current .903 OPS, but finishing as a top 10 fantasy first baseman is not out of the realm of possibility.

Category: Game Recaps

Ha-Seong Kim goes 1-3 on Tuesday

Wed, Apr 21st 11:20am EDT
By Matt Flipi

Ha-Seong Kim went 1-3 with a single and a strikeout in the Padres' loss to the Brewers on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: As expected, Kim's playing time has dropped significantly since Fernando Tatis Jr. returned from injury. Kim got the start at third on Tuesday in place of Manny Machado who was given a much needed rest day. Kim was able to reach base twice on Tuesday -- he was hit by a pitch in the fifth and smoked a single to left field in the seventh. Kim's single had an exit velocity of 112 MPH. It's definitely a good sign to see Kim hit a ball so hard, as his average exit velocity has been relatively low to this point in the season. Kim will continue to get opportunities throughout the year, but the number of opportunities will be dependent on the health of the Padres' infield.

Category: Game Recaps

Chris Paddack gave up 1 earned run in 5 innings pitched in the Padres' loss to the Brewers on Tuesday. Paddack struck out 7 and walked 1 in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: Despite Paddack only giving up 1 earned run in the outing, the Brewers scored 5 runs off Paddack in the third inning. Paddack gave up 4 hits in the third, and had multiple chances to limit the damage with two outs in the inning. Instead, Paddack gave up multiple two out hits resulting in a big inning for the Brewers. Aside from the third inning, Paddack looked good in the outing. He retired the side in order in three of his five innings, and also tallied a nice strike out total. Although Paddack has looked better overall in his last two starts, he's still a matchup dependent fantasy pitcher in most leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Padres LHP Adrian Morejon will undergo Tommy John surgery. (Source: Kevin Acee on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Morejon was placed on the injured list back on April 12th due to an elbow/forearm strain. However, further testing revealed the damage. The 22-year-old was filling in for Dinelson Lamet, who will likely take the rotation spot. Top prospect MacKenzie Gore could now be next in line in San Diego.

Category: Injury Updates

Manny Machado is absent from Tuesday’s lineup against the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: It’s a routine day off for Machado. Ha-seong Kim is filling in at third base opposite Corbin Burnes tonight.

Padres SS Fernando Tatis Jr. is absent from Tuesday’s lineup against the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: It’s a routine day off for the superstar shortstop. Jake Cronenworth is filling in at shortstop opposite Corbin Burnes tonight.

Trent Grisham (quad) has returned to Tuesday’s lineup against the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Grisham was scratched on Sunday and also sat out Monday, but it wound up being a relatively minor injury. He’s leading off and playing center field against Corbin Burnes tonight.

Category: Injury Updates

Joe Musgrove gave up 2 earned runs in 7 innings pitched in the Padres' loss to the Brewers on Monday. Musgrove struck out 13 in the outing and walked 1.

Fantasy Impact: Musgrove set a new career high in strikeouts on Monday with 13. Unfortunately for Musgrove, his offense provided him with very little run support and his 7 innings of good work resulted in a loss. Despite only being 2-2 on the season, Musgrove is off to a tremendous start in 2021. Through 4 starts he has posted a 1.04 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. It's worth noting that Musgrove hasn't faced a top level offense so far this season. He'll be tested seriously for the first time this weekend when he faces a potent Dodgers' lineup. Fantasy managers in leagues with daily lineup changes should take a good hard look at what they need in their weekly matchup before sticking Musgrove out there for his start in LA. Considering his start to the season, there's reason to be optimistic about Musgrove -- however, his start this weekend will go a long way in telling us if Musgrove has truly taken the next step in his career development.

Category: Game Recaps

Padres manager Jayce Tingler says Austin Nola (finger) could resume playing in games at the team's alternate training site within the next "two or three days." (Source: San Diego Union-Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Nola experienced some swelling in his fractured finger earlier this month, but that hasn't been an issue since he resumed workouts. Victor Caratini will continue filling in as the Padres' primary catcher for however long Nola is sidelined for.

Category: Injury Updates

Padres manager Jayce Tingler said Ryan Weathers will make his next start. (Source: Dennis Lin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Weathers will make his next start, but the Padres haven't decided if it will be Tuesday or Wednesday. He allowed one hit and two walks while striking out three across three 2/3 scoreless innings in his previous start. Weathers will draw at least one start for now and can be used as a streamer in deep-league and NL-Only formats.

Category: Transactions

Mark Melancon earned his sixth save of the season in the Padres' win over the Dodgers on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Melancon came in with a 3 run lead in the top of the 9th, and retired the side in order. Melancon struck out 1 in his appearance. After giving up his first earned run of the season earlier in the series, Melancon returned to form on Sunday. As long as he maintains his good form, he should continue to rack up saves.

Category: Game Recaps

Blake Snell gave up 2 earned runs in 5 innings pitched in the Padres' win over the Dodgers on Sunday. Snell struck out 7 in the outing and walked 2.

Fantasy Impact: Snell was solid in his start against a loaded Dodgers' lineup on Sunday. Snell once again failed to record an out later than the 5th inning -- a feat he has yet to accomplish this season. Still, Snell was much improved from his last start when he didn't make it out of the first inning. Snell's strikeout rate continues to be very good this year, but he needs to improve on his walk rate to yield the returns his fantasy managers expected when they drafted him. Until Snell gets his command under control, his walks and innings pitched will continue to be a concern in the fantasy world. Snell's next start should come against the Dodgers later this week. Although Snell has another tough matchup this week, fantasy managers shouldn't panic as Snell should have starts in May against the Giants, Rockies, Cardinals, and Mariners.

Category: Game Recaps

Wil Myers goes 1-3 on Saturday

Sun, Apr 18th 11:05am EDT
By Matt Flipi

Wil Myers went 1-3 with a single and a walk in the Padres' loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Myers had one of San Diego's three hits on Saturday. Myers had an opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the 6th when he came up with runners on first and third with one out, but Myers instead grounded into an inning ending double play. The good news for Myers is that it doesn't seem like the minor knee injury he suffered last week in Pittsburgh is affecting him very much. He'll continue to get opportunities in the middle of the Padres' lineup as long as he's healthy.

Category: Game Recaps

Yu Darvish gave up 1 earned run in 7 innings pitched in the Padres' loss to the Dodgers on Saturday. Darvish struck out 9 in the outing and walked 2.

Fantasy Impact: Darvish had his best start of the year so far against a strong Dodgers' lineup on Saturday. Darvish's only earned run came after he walked Clayton Kershaw with the bases loaded in the top of the 5th. Unfortunately for Darvish, he received no run support from his offense and took the loss despite a fantastic performance. Darvish won't get a break in his next start, as he's projected to start against the Dodgers again in Los Angeles later this week. Darvish has flown a bit under the radar this year, but his numbers have been strong. He has posted a 2.55 ERA and 0.81 WHIP through 4 starts.

Category: Game Recaps

Padres reliever Dan Altavilla is back on the injured list. This time, he's dealing with right elbow inflammation. It's the second IL stint for the right-hander through just three weeks as he missed the start of the season due to a right calf strain. (Source: San Diego Padres on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Altavilla surrendered one run over two relief appearances (1.1 innings) prior to his injury. He struck out two batters and had yet to walk anyone. The 28-year-old is a former minor league All-Star who was dealt to San Diego from Seattle last summer.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

Jurickson Profar went 1-3 with a single, two walks, and an RBI on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Profar continues to play a super utility role for the Padres early in the season. Profar has now played 1B, LF, RF, and 2B for the Padres through twelve games. Profar has posted solid numbers at the plate so far in 2021, slashing .278/.378/.333. Profar's playing time may dip when Fernando Tatis Jr. returns, but his defensive versatility should keep him in the lineup at least a couple times a week.

Category: Game Recaps

Victor Caratini hit a go-ahead 7th inning home run in the Padres win over the Giants on Tuesday. It was Caratini's first home run with the Padres.

Fantasy Impact: Caratini hit a shot down the right field line in the bottom of the 7th inning to break a 1-1 tie. Caratini's first home run with the Padres couldn't have come at a better time, as San Diego went on to win the game 3-1. Caratini should continue to get plenty of run behind the plate until Austin Nola returns from the IL. Caratini has had a nice start to 2021, hitting .308 with a home run and 7 RBI. He's available in most leagues and is worth keeping an eye on if your current catcher situation is suspect.

Category: Game Recaps