The organization thrusted Lloyd directly into the fire, too, giving him the ball against the Mets on Tuesday night. Jhoulys Chacin was originally slated to start, but after a minor back flare-up, the Padres pushed his outing back one day to Wednesday.
"You see in a guy's eyes who gets to the big leagues, asking him to wait 24 hours is borderline torture," manager Andy Green said of the decision to start Lloyd. "Since it's his normal day [to start], and he doesn't necessarily need another day, he gets to get through the emotions a lot quicker and get out there and pitch."
It appears likely Lloyd will be optioned Wednesday, allowing Wood to join the rotation -- potentially as early as Friday.
"We'll get a greater measure of clarity as we get through the game today and have an opportunity to assess where our rotation is," Green said. "Obviously, things are fluid over this next week for us. We're well-aware of where we sit contextually in front of the Trade Deadline, which means a lot of things could change at any point in time. ... We're getting Travis Wood prepared for a potential start this weekend, but he could also easily slot in the bullpen and eventually slide into the rotation at some other point."
Wood was coming off one of the best seasons of his career when he signed with the Royals in February. He's struggled since, posting a 6.91 ERA in 28 appearances, including three starts. Wood said he simply couldn't find a rhythm with Kansas City.
"It's definitely a fresh start for me," Wood said. "I come back, wipe out everything that's happened so far this year and start from now."
He's already said hello to a few familiar faces, including Clayton Richard and Matt Szczur, teammates with the Cubs last season.
"That's the silver lining," Richard said, when asked about the trade. "We're getting a quality guy back. ... He's a good guy, he's a baseball player, he loves the game. It'll be nice to have him around. He's very well-versed in scouting, looking at video and understanding a game plan. I'm really excited to have him around."
• Christian Friedrich threw two innings in a simulated game at Petco Park on Tuesday afternoon as he recovers from a lat strain and elbow soreness. He's most likely slated for a second simulated game later this week before heading on another rehab assignment.
• Yangervis Solarte took batting practice from both sides of the plate Tuesday, the last hurdle he needed to clear as he battles back from a strained left oblique. He could be ticketed for a rehab assignment later this week.