Padres' Soto exits win with shoulder contusion

by Daryn Albert - Padres slugger Juan Soto left Wednesday night's 6-3 win against the Diamondbacks with a right shoulder contusion.

San Diego Padres' Juan Soto hit by pitch, suffers right shoulder contusion 12:09 AM ET ESPN News Services Struggling San Diego Padres slugger Juan Soto left Wednesday night's 6-3 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks with a right shoulder contusion. Manager Bob Melvin disclosed the injury after the series finale in San Diego but said he thinks Soto should be ready when the Padres open a key series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. Editor's Picks 1 Related Soto was hit in the shoulder by a 91 mph fastball from Arizona pitcher Tommy Henry in the bottom of the third inning. He stayed down in a crouch in the batter's box for about a minute before walking slowly to first base. He played defense in the fourth inning before being replaced in the top of the fifth. Soto was 0-for-1 with a strikeout in the game and continues to struggle for San Diego, which acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Washington Nationals last month. Entering Thursday, he had just two hits over his last eight games, tied for his fewest in such a span this season. Overall, he's hitting .232 with three home runs and six RBIs in 29 games since San Diego acquired him. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.