No innings limit this year for Lamet, Perdomo

Young Padres right-handers, barring injury, set to finish season in rotation

August 8th, 2017

CINCINNATI -- The Padres view promising young right-handers and as integral pieces in their future rotation. And with the season wearing on into the dog days, they won't be babying either of them.

Neither Perdomo nor Lamet has been placed on an innings restriction this season. Given their heavy workloads last year, Padres manager Andy Green doesn't foresee either pitcher being limited over the final two months.

"They're both strong. The ball's coming out of their hand pretty well," Green said. "I don't think they'll hit an innings threshold we're uncomfortable with, so all of those things play in their favor to end the season in the rotation."

Between three levels in the Minors last season, Lamet threw 150 innings. Perdomo, a Rule 5 Draft choice last year, notched 146 2/3 -- the most by a San Diego rookie since Clay Hensley in 2006.

Perdomo, who allowed two runs over six-plus innings in a 7-3 win over the Reds on Tuesday, and Lamet each cracked the 100-innings mark last week. They're projected to exceed their 2016 totals, but only slightly.

"I feel really good physically," Lamet said. "It's something I spent the offseason thinking about. ... That's what I was training for: To get my body in a place where it would be good when fatigue starts to hit this month and September."

The Padres used the All-Star break to push Perdomo and Lamet to the back of the rotation, giving each of them a 12-day break between starts.

It's possible they could do something similar as the season progresses, skipping a start that's sandwiched around an off-day. But that isn't in the plans right now, according to Green -- in part because of injuries and the lack of pitching depth at Triple-A.

In any case, both pitchers had a light early-season workload. Come September, that should play in the Padres' favor. Perdomo missed two starts with shoulder inflammation that turned out to be minor. Lamet, meanwhile, had the luxury of extra off-days and a more limited pitch count in Triple-A before his May callup.

"Neither one of them are way past what they've done in the past," said Green. "That's what you look at. In Perdomo's case, he missed a portion of the season earlier in the year, as we exercised some caution with the way his shoulder felt. Turned out he was fine, but I think that little bit of missed time enables him to get through the rest of the season."