Chris Paddack has been optioned to the minors.

The Padres' National League Rookie of the Year candidate will be sent down in an effort to limit his innings, the team announced.

Paddack is 4-4 with a 3.15 ERA this season with 72 strikeouts in 65 2/3 innings.

The 23-year-old has never thrown more than 90 innings in a season.