Peoria, Arizona.– Dinelson Lamet’s takeoff season with San Diego ended for him shortly before the Padres secured what was his first playoff berth in 14 seasons. Now it turns out that that was something positive for the Dominican.
The burly right-hander, who finished fourth in voting for the 2020 National League Cy Young Award, believes he was saved from another Tommy John surgery thanks to doctors asking him to halt the previous season’s activity.
Lamet underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy during the break. This, coupled with rest, has him ready to return.
“I took my time, I allowed everything to run its course and I think the situation has progressed as we wanted,” explained the pitcher on Friday, after throwing a bullpen session in Peoria, Arizona.
“I feel like I am 100 percent myself.” The Padres will be watching your progress, particularly when you turn to the slider.
The improvement in Lamet, who missed the wild-card series against St. Louis, is good news for a team that was left without starting pitching in the playoffs and lost newcomer Mike Clevinger to Tommy John surgery in mid-November. Lamet and Clevinger had their campaigns shortened.
– Stopped in time
“I think it really came down to rest,” Lamet said. “My arm told me to stop. I had to stop before this got worse and more dangerous. I think that was the diagnosis, ”he said.