Hampson rescues Padres after Young suffers injury
By Bill Center
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
July 25, 2007
DENVER – It will be several days before the Padres are able to assess the cost of last night's 5-3 victory at Colorado that ended their losing streak at four.
Because it won't be until later this week that the Padres can fully judge the severity of the left oblique strain that forced major league ERA leader Chris Young off the mound.
“It looks as though he could miss a start,” said manager Bud Black. “I'm hoping for the best. The worst-case scenario is the disabled list.”
Young injured the oblique, a muscle in the rib cage, while pitching in the second inning. Shortly after coming out to warm up for the third, he walked off the mound with trainer Todd Hutcheson.
“Hopefully, it's not that bad,” said Young, who said he had never before experienced an oblique strain. “I didn't even know what it was when I first felt it.”
Young said he felt a “grab” while throwing a slider to Garrett Atkins in the second inning. He finished the inning by retiring Atkins and Brad Hawpe on grounders.