Minnesota Twins‘ right-hander Chris Paddack, who came over from the San Diego Padres via trade before the start of the season, had to leave his most recent start with an injury.
He was removed from Sunday’s outing against the Oakland Athletics with an injury, which later turned out to be right elbow inflammation.
When you hear the words “elbow” and “inflammation” and you are talking about a pitcher, it’s definitely never a good sign.
He was taken out in the top of the third inning, and left with the trainer.
Now, we just discovered that Paddack’s injury has the potential to be a long-term issue.
“Chris Paddack, out with right elbow inflammation, is seeking more opinions on what the next step is. But hearing surgery is on the table,” The Athletic’s Dan Hayes tweeted on Tuesday.
Chris Paddack, out with right elbow inflammation, is seeking more opinions on what the next step is.
But hearing surgery is on the table. #MNTwins
— DanHayesMLB (@DanHayesMLB) May 10, 2022
A Talented Pitcher With An Inconsistent Career
After finishing his rookie season in 2019 with a 3.33 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP for the Padres, Paddack’s career looked ready to take off.
However, he had issues developing an effective curveball to go with his excellent changeup, and his fastball was never that special.
This led to a couple of disappointing seasons in 2020 and 2021, which he finished with a 4.73 and 5.07 ERA, respectively.
But he was off to a great start of his Twins career this season, and had posted a solid 4.03 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP.
His 2/20 BB/K ratio hinted at big things.
Now, even in a best-case scenario, it’s likely we don’t see Paddack back in a while.
Even if he avoids Tommy John surgery, the fact he is looking for more opinions is never encouraging.
We hope to see him back this season.