Padres' concerns over Tommy Pham's elbow delay trade's completion

Kevin Acee, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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SAN DIEGO -- Tommy Pham effectively passed a series of physicals this weekend, but the Padres' trade for the outfielder remains in limbo due to the team's lingering concerns over the health of his elbow.

"We're still working through some final details but hope to have some clarity on that in the next 24 hours," General Manager A.J. Preller said. "... When we made the trade, we made the trade with the players involved. I don't expect anything to change between now and the time we move forward. But we just have to finish the process up."

The acquisition of Pham and minor league infielder/pitcher Jake Cronenworth from the Tampa Bay Rays, in exchange for outfielder Hunter Renfroe, minor league infielder Xavier Edwards and a player to be named later, was agreed upon in principle Thursday night. But the Padres initially did not expect to make an official announcement until this week due to the need for the physical process to be completed. While it was ultimately decided to make the announcement Friday, the agreement between the teams contained contingencies in the event the Padres determined Pham's elbow was not fit.

The 31-year-old played in 145 games and was one of just 40 major league players with at least 650 plate appearances, finishing with a .273 average and .818 OPS. But he missed time and occasionally served as the Rays' designated hitter late in the season and postseason due to a right elbow strain and small fracture in his right hand.

Pham underwent a series of examinations Saturday in San Diego and Sunday in Dallas with elbow specialist Dr. Keith Meister. A league source said Pham "passed" his physical with Meister and was told he would be healthy for spring training. However, the Padres' medical staff has not cleared Pham.


"We just want to make sure everything is straightforward," Preller said. "There are a few final questions that our medical staff has to look at, that I'm looking at. We'll communicate with the Rays here ... and look to have Tommy as part of our club."

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