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Padres place Joe Musgrove on COVID injured list

Musgrove has been one of the very best pitchers in MLB this season.

MLB: San Diego Padres at Chicago Cubs Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

June 20 update: Although there is still some time for Joe Musgrove to be activated from the COVID injured list in time for his next start, the expectation is he will miss his scheduled turn Wednesday, according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribute. Mike Clevinger is preparing to start in Musgrove’s place versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.

San Diego Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove had another fantastic start on Thursday. However, whether he will be able to make his next start is currently unknown after the team placed Musgrove on the COVID-19 injured list Friday.

Technically, Musgrove is out indefinitely, but as we have seen just this week with the Yankees’ Luis Severino, it’s possible for a player to be activated within mere hours depending upon their status. Right now, Musgrove is expected to start either Tuesday or Wednesday at home against the Diamondbacks. By that point, this could be much ado about nothing.

Musgrove, 29, is in the thick of the National League Cy Young race. He has the second-best ERA in baseball (1.59) and the fifth-most FanGraphs WAR among qualified starters (2.3). Musgrove moved to 8-0 with his victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Thursday, striking out a season-high nine batters over seven innings.