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San Diego Padres pitcher Blake Snell exits with leg injury

Sep 12, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) is helped off the field by a team trainer after apparently injuring himself throwing a pitch in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 12, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) is helped off the field by a team trainer after apparently injuring himself throwing a pitch in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Padres left-hander Blake Snell left his Sunday start in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers with an apparent leg injury.

Snell threw a pitch in the dirt to the Dodgers’ Trea Turner, pointed to the Padres’ dugout and immediately limped off the field without waiting for a trainer to arrive. The injury occurred on his 11th pitch of the game.

San Diego right-hander Nabil Crismatt took over for Snell and delivered 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

Snell had been on a roll of late with a 1.85 ERA over his previous seven starts as the Padres are attempting to hold off the Cincinnati Reds for the second wild-card spot in the National League. The teams entered play Sunday tied for that last spot.

Snell has delivered a 7-6 record with a 4.22 ERA in his first season at San Diego following his arrival in an offseason trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. He has been particularly sharp against the Dodgers this season, delivering a 1.96 ERA in four starts against the team’s National League West rival.

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