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Injuries & Moves: Clevinger, Snell progressing

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Keep track of the Padres’ injury updates throughout the season.

OF Wil Myers (right thumb soreness)
Expected return: Potentially April 18
With a swollen thumb, Myers was out of the starting lineup for the Padres’ games against the Braves April 15-17. The injury flared up on him in his final at-bat during an April 14 victory over Atlanta. Manager Bob Melvin noted that Myers was feeling significantly better and the team is optimistic he’ll start the series opener against Cincinnati on April 18. — AJ Cassavell (Last updated: April 17)

LHP Blake Snell (left adductor tightness)
Expected return:
May
Snell was a late scratch from his start against the D-backs on April 10 after he experienced groin tightness while warming up in the bullpen prior to his outing. The veteran left-hander dealt with the same injury last September and missed his last couple of starts as a result. Snell is expected to throw a bullpen session on April 19 — his first since sustaining the injury. The Padres have not yet determined what Snell’s next step would be. — AJ Cassavell (Last updated: April 17)

RHP Mike Clevinger (right knee strain)
Expected return:
Late April, potentially
Clevinger was sharp in a rehab outing with Single-A Lake Elsinore on April 14, pitching two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out five on 31 pitches. Afterward, Clevinger threw a simulated inning in the Lake Elsinore bullpen. His next start will come for Triple-A El Paso on April 19. The Padres are hoping for four innings in that start, and if all goes well, Clevinger could make a late-April return to the rotation. Clevinger had opened the season on the injured list, as he builds his way back from Tommy John surgery in 2020. After his lone spring outing, Clevinger’s right knee flared up, and the Padres made the decision to pump the brakes on his progression. — AJ Cassavell (Last updated: April 17)

RHP Austin Adams (right forearm tightness)
Expected return: TBD
Adams exited the Padres’ loss to the Giants on April 12 after experiencing tightness in his right forearm. He underwent an MRI on April 15 and will get a second opinion on the injury before the Padres reveal a diagnosis or a plan for the next step. — AJ Cassavell (Last updated: April 17)

SS Fernando Tatis Jr. (fractured left wrist)
Expected return: June
Tatis underwent surgery to address a fractured scaphoid bone in his left wrist on March 16, an operation that requires a recovery period of “up to three months,” according to Padres president of baseball operations A.J. Preller. Tatis was with the club for its season-opening series in Arizona and said he expects to resume swinging in approximately three weeks. Once he clears that hurdle, Tatis said he’d have a better idea of a target return date.

“Bouncing back good, as scheduled, and I’m just looking forward right now,” Tatis said. — AJ Cassavell (Last updated: April 9)

LHP Drew Pomeranz (flexor tendon surgery)
Expected return: Early June
Last August, Pomeranz’s season came to an early end when he underwent surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his pitching arm. He’s hopeful that the surgery will permanently fix an issue he says he’s been dealing with for the past five seasons. Right now, Pomeranz is playing catch regularly from about 75 feet, but he hasn’t yet begun throwing from a mound. On March 28, he landed on the 60-day IL, meaning he won’t be eligible to return to game action until early June. — AJ Cassavell (Last updated: March 28)

LHP Adrian Morejon (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: Midseason
Even after he was placed on the 60-day injured list, the Padres remain optimistic that Morejon will play a key role in their pitching plans this season. The left-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2021, but he’s throwing regular bullpen sessions in Spring Training. A one-time top prospect, Morejon has only appeared in 16 games in the big leagues since his 2019 debut. — AJ Cassavell (Last updated: March 17)

RHP Michel Baez (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return:
Midseason
Baez, who underwent surgery last April, is throwing regular bullpen sessions at the team’s complex in Peoria, Ariz. He could be a useful midseason addition as a hard-throwing righty capable of covering multiple innings. Baez owns a 3.67 ERA in 27 career big league appearances. — AJ Cassavell (Last updated: April 7)

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