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San Diego Padres to skip next start for pitcher Sean Manaea

Sep 3, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Sean Manaea (55) is pulled from the game by manager Bob Melvin (3) against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres will skip the rotation spot of left-hander Sean Manaea when they play host to the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend, according to manager Bob Melvin.

The Padres also placed infielder Brandon Drury on the seven-day concussion injured list, while catcher Jorge Alfaro was activated from the IL.

Manaea is 0-3 with a 15.63 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this season. The most recent rough outing came Saturday when Manaea gave up eight runs on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings of an eventual 12-1 defeat. It was his second consecutive start against the Dodger that he gave up eight runs.

An off day Thursday will allow the Padres to skip the rotation spot without other moves needed.

Manaea, 30, is 7-8 with a 5.27 ERA over 25 starts for the Padres this season.

Drury, 30, took a fastball Friday to the flap that extends from his batting helmet over his left cheek. He went to first base but was later removed from the game and has not played since.

Acquired from the Cincinnati Reds at the trade deadline, Drury is batting .220 with five home runs and 20 RBIs over 27 games with the Padres.

Alfaro, 29, has been out since Aug. 25 with right knee inflammation. He is batting .252 with seven home runs and 36 RBIs over 72 games this season.

–Field Level Media