Jake Arrieta injured in Padres’ first start – .

Jake Arrieta injured in Padres’ first start – .

DENVER – The Padres’ rotation problems continued on Wednesday afternoon as their new starter was forced to quit his early debut due to an apparent injury.

Right-hander Jake Arrieta, who signed with the club on Monday, grimaced and reached his left hamstring in apparent discomfort after giving Rockies wide receiver Dom Nuñez a long home run late in the fourth inning. Manager Jayce Tingler and a team coach got out of the canoe to check on Arrieta, who was quickly removed from his post.

Arrieta allowed five runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings on his debut for the Padres. The team gave no details on the nature of his injury.

Right-hander Chris Paddack (left oblique sprain) and Yu Darvish (lumbar tightness) are already on the injured list. The club remain hopeful that the two will return and have an impact on the running. Meanwhile, southpaw Ryan Weathers has suffered tremendously in his last five starts. With the situation getting dire at the back of the rotation, the Padres signed Arrieta earlier this week in hopes he can fill that void after being sidelined by the Cubs.

Arrieta, whose ERA has jumped to 7.13 this season, allowed three points in the first but had mostly settled down before Nuñez’s explosion. It was his 62nd and final pitch, as the Padres handed the ball over to Nabil Crismatt and a box that has pitched more innings than any other in baseball this season.

Perhaps the positive outlook for this beleaguered group of Padres weapons is as follows: Thursday’s rest day is the first of six days off over the next 22 days – which should help give some respite to their pitching staff.


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