Notes: Snell scratched; Weathers to get call

June 30th, 2021

Padres left-hander was scratched from his scheduled start against the Reds on Tuesday due to illness, but he isn’t expected to miss much time and could start this week.

“How long will it take? I don't know, but I do expect him to be able to make a start relatively soon if everything checks out well with the tests and he can turn the corner relatively quickly,” manager Jayce Tingler said.

Despite Snell’s absence, the Padres received reinforcements to the bullpen ahead of Tuesday’s ballgame. Lefty and right-hander were both activated off the injured list prior to the series opener at Great American Ball Park, each contributing a scoreless inning in the Padres' 5-4 victory over the Reds.

The return of Pomeranz to the Padres' bullpen is a key addition, considering how effective the southpaw has been since joining the club last season. Pomeranz posted a 1.45 ERA in 18 2/3 innings in the abbreviated 2020 season and got off to strong start in ‘21 as he held a 1.98 ERA in 13 2/3 innings before going hitting the IL on May 13 with a left shoulder impingement.

Weathers to get starting nod
With an open spot in the rotation on Thursday due to Dinelson Lamet (right forearm inflammation) being moved to the IL, Tingler announced after Tuesday’s 5-4 win over the Reds that lefty is lined up to start in the series finale at Cincinnati.

Weathers -- whose father, David, pitched for the Reds in 1998 and then again from 2005-09 -- was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on June 16 after starting eight games and making six appearances from the bullpen this season.

Altavilla has successful TJ surgery
Reliever had successful Tommy John surgery, which he announced via Twitter on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old right-hander made just two appearances this season and threw a total of 1 1/3 innings before going down with the injury following an outing on April 16.

Tingler said the decision for Altavilla to undergo surgery came after tests revealed more damage to his right elbow as he began to work his way back.

“He was coming back and something didn't feel right,” Tingler said. “They went back for another MRI and noticed a little bit more damage had been done as he was rehabbing and coming back.”

VOTE: Keep Tatis atop NL ballot at shortstop
With just days left to vote for the starters in 2021’s All-Star Game, continues to hold on to his lead over shortstops Javier Báez (Cubs) and Brandon Crawford (Giants) for the starting spot in this year’s Midsummer Classic.

As the voting winds down, the Padres have teamed up with the Blue Jays to promote each club’s finalists. While Tatis is the only finalist for San Diego, the Blue Jays have five with the headliner being Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who finished Phase 1 as MLB’s overall leader in votes.

Voting ends at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT on Thursday. The positional leaders at the end of Phase 2 will be announced on July 4 during the All-Star selection show on ESPN.