Padres notes: Lamet to Triple-A; Gore remains; Melvin shoots for S.F. return

ATLANTA — 

Dinelson Lamet finished fourth in National League Cy Young voting in 2020.

Now he is headed to Triple-A.

The Padres right-hander was optioned Friday as the corresponding move to make room for Robinson Cano on the active roster.

“I think there is good in everything that happens,” Lamet said. “They have a lot of pitchers, so the timing is good.”

Lamet will remain with the team for at least a few days, working with the pitching coaches.

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“I think there might be some self-evaluation to happen right there,” acting manager Ryan Christenson said. “He’s capable of much more than he showed us right now. … It’s a good opportunity for him to work on some things and get himself right and then go down and throw a few innings in El Paso and reevaluate and see where he’s at and then come back here and help our team.”

Lamet has allowed 10 runs (nine earned) and allowed five of nine inherited runners to score in 10 appearances (8 1/3 innings) this season. After having his ’20 season ended prematurely due to elbow discomfort, Lamet moved to the bullpen in the middle of last season.

The right-hander has acknowledged he has struggled with some aspects of that transition.

“I need to separate I’m not starting now, I’m a reliever,” Lamet said Friday. “I have more work to do.”

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