Padres LHP Gore leaves loss with apparent injury

by Daryn Albert - San Diego left-handed relief pitcher MacKenzie Gore, a 23-year-old who began the season as a starter for the Padres, left Monday's game vs. the Tigers in Detroit with an apparent injury.

San Diego Padres left-handed relief pitcher MacKenzie Gore leaves game with apparent injury 10:31 PM ET ESPN News Services DETROIT -- San Diego Padres left-hander MacKenzie Gore exited a game against the Detroit Tigers on Monday night with an apparent injury. Gore, a 23-year-old recently shifted to the bullpen, relieved starter Sean Manaea during the fourth inning. He threw 35 pitches and recorded four outs before walking off the field with a trainer. Gore averaged 92.7 mph on his fastball against the Tigers, down more than 2 mph from his season average. He was charged with two runs, both on a homer by Jeimer Candelario . The Tigers won, 12-4. Editor's Picks 2 Related A first-round draft pick in 2017, Gore had ranked among the game's top pitching prospects since but didn't debut in the majors until this season. He was exceptional early in the season, going 4-1 with a 1.50 ERA in his first nine games, including eight starts. This was his second straight outing out of the bullpen after San Diego transitioned from a six-man rotation to a five-man staff. Gore's 70 innings pitched this season are already 19 2/3 more than he threw in 2021, and he was on pace to far exceed his career high in the minors of 101 innings. Manaea struggled against the Tigers, taking the loss after pitching just 3 1/3 innings with four earned runs and four strikeouts. The Associated Press contributed to this report.