The Padres have reinstated left-handers Blake Snell and Drew Pomeranz from the 10-day injured list, the team announced. Right-hander James Norwood was optioned to Triple-A, and San Diego officially placed southpaw Ryan Weathers on the 10-day IL on Friday due to a right ankle fracture.
Both Snell and Pomeranz are returning as expected after minimal 10-day IL stints, and Snell (who had gastroenteritis) is lined up to start Saturday night’s game with the Nationals. Pomeranz had inflammation in his throwing forearm, although this somewhat ominous injury wasn’t considered particularly serious, as Padres manager Jayce Tingler indicated to reporters at the time of the lefthander’s placement.
The Padres will welcome all the arms they can get in the wake of multiple pitching injuries, with Weathers representing the latest absence. On the plus side, Weathers’ ankle issue seems a little less serious than it first appeared when he had to be helped off the field last Sunday, and the left-hander might potentially be able to return before July is over. Even with Snell back and Weathers perhaps not a long-term concern, San Diego is still expected to focus on adding pitching help before the July 30 trade deadline.