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When will Joe Musgrove return to Padres rotation this season?

We’ve got the latest updates for Padres starter Joe Musgrove and when he’ll return in 2023.

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San Diego Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove will open the 2023 MLB season on the injured list. He’s in his eighth year in the big leagues including his third with the Padres and coming off arguably his best year in he MLB.

In 2022, Musgrove made 30 starts and finished with a 10-7 record including a 2.93 ERA and 1.08 WHIP.

Joe Musgrove injury update

April 18 update — It didn’t take long for San Diego to figure out when they were going to get Musgrove back into its rotation. After no setbacks in his final rehab start, Musgrove is now going to make his season debut on Saturday, April 22 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. This move will push Yu Darvish back a day, giving him an extra day of rest.

April 17 update — Musgrove made what’s likely to be his final rehab start over the weekend, and now it’s just a matter of when San Diego will slot him into the rotation.

April 10 update — Musgrove’s Minor League rehab hit a minor snag, but the team hopes it won’t delay his return very much at all:

March 29 update — Musgrove is battling a toe injury this spring, and it was suffered during a weight room incident in February. He threw 65 pitches in four innings in Monday’s B game after throwing a simulated game last Wednesday.

In the most recent update, it doesn’t sound like Musgrove will miss a ton of time and is expected to be back either April 11th against the New York Mets or April 16th against the Milwaukee Brewers.

This toe injury is close to being behind him, and missing a few starts won’t have a significant impact on his fantasy value.