Displaced Mariners set for ‘home’ series in San Diego

The Padres had an eight-game winning streak snapped with a 3-1 loss to the National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. San Diego then lost 7-5 to the Dodgers on Wednesday in a bullpen game, with the Padres wanting to give right-hander Chris Paddack additional time to recuperate from a sprained right ankle.

Paddack (3-4, 4.74 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday night’s series opener against Mariners left-hander Yusei Kikuchi (2-3, 5.35 ERA).

Paddack left his start against San Francisco after two innings on Sept. 10. He hurt the ankle sometime during the first inning but had it taped between innings and went back out for the second. After a dip in velocity, he left for X-rays, which proved negative.

“He ended up with a sprained right ankle, which is a shame,” Tingler said. “Because I thought the way he threw the ball in the first, I thought he was onto something special.

“We’re hoping for the best and hoping (Paddack) can make that next start. But just watching his first inning and how crisp he was with his fastball and the changeup … we know it’s there. From that part, we don’t really have much concern. Our concern now is with the ankle.”

Paddack is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two career starts against the Mariners. He took the loss Aug. 25 against Seattle at Petco Park, allowing six runs on eight hits in five-plus innings of an 8-3 defeat. Austin Nola, acquired by San Diego at the trade deadline, and J.P. Crawford homered off Paddack in that game.

Kikuchi is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in two career starts against San Diego, including an 8-3 victory in the second game of a doubleheader on Aug. 27 at Petco Park. In that contest, he went five innings and allowed three runs on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

–Field Level Media

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