On Sunday, April 3rd, just before the start of the season, the San Diego Padres had a pair of breaking news items within about an hour of each other.
First, the trade acquiring Sean Manaea and Aaron Holiday from the Athletics. The second bit of breaking news came from Dennis Lin shortly before 10 am local time. Mike Clevinger has soreness in his right knee and could start the season on the IL.
Mike Clevinger has some right knee soreness. He’s a candidate to open the season on the IL. Meanwhile, new Padres pitcher Sean Manaea will immediately pitch against his old team today against the A’s.
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) April 3, 2022
It’s unclear how long the Padres may be without Mike Clevinger, but the team looks to be in great shape to be able to absorb this loss for the time being.
It’s very possible that the Padres and A.J. Preller learned of the Clevinger injury and made a swift move to replace him before the news got out. If that is the case, it was an extremely prudent move. The A’s front office could’ve used that information as leverage to get a better deal.
However, even beyond Manaea, the Padres still have a lot of starting pitching depth with MacKenzie Gore, Chris Paddack, Ryan Weathers, and Nick Martinez. Not to mention Adrian Morejon, Jacob Nix, and Reggie Lawson should all be returning from injury and may be able to contribute later in the season. This could open up an opportunity to trade from that depth and add much-needed firepower to the lineup.
The Padres have discussed trades involving starting pitchers with at least the New York Yankees, New York Mets, and Pittsburgh Pirates in recent weeks. Those trades may be revisited shortly.