Padres' Young exits with oblique strain

Padres' Young exits early

DENVER -- San Diego starting pitcher Chris Young left Tuesday's game at Coors Field with a left oblique strain after warming up prior to the bottom of the third inning against the Rockies. He's listed as day-to-day.

Young, who has been San Diego's most consistent pitcher this season, entered the game with a 9-3 record and a Major League-leading 1.85 ERA.

The 6-foot-10 right-hander worked two seemingly easy innings before leaving the game, allowing no hits and no walks with one strikeout.

He had been staked to an early lead Tuesday on a three-run home run by Mike Cameron in the first inning.

Young hasn't lost a game since May 12 and has lowered his ERA from 4.33 on April 26 to 1.85. He won a spot on the National League All-Star team earlier in July by winning Major League Baseball's Final Vote online balloting.

Young was replaced on the mound by left-hander Justin Hampson, who was recalled on Monday from Triple-A Portland.

Corey Brock is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.