Snell OK to start day after DUI suspect hits car

by Daryn Albert - San Diego Padres lefty Blake Snell was cleared for his scheduled start Friday, one night after he was involved in a minor crash during a traffic stop.

San Diego Padres' Blake Snell cleared to start day after DUI suspect hits car 8:33 PM ET ESPN Padres left-hander Blake Snell was cleared to make his start in San Diego against the Washington Nationals on Friday, one night after his vehicle was struck by a suspected drunk driver during a traffic stop on Interstate 5. According to a California Highway Patrol spokesman, the incident occurred at about 11 p.m. Thursday, about one hour after the team's 3-1 loss to the Nationals in the series opener at Petco Park. The Padres' medical team evaluated Snell on Friday. "Physically, he's fine," manager Bob Melvin said before Friday's game. "But that can shake you up a little bit. But our guys checked him out today. And we've talked to him. And he's ready to pitch. So I think we probably got lucky." Editor's Picks Source: Tatis Jr. talks to GM, SD teammates soon 22h Alden Gonzalez Snell's vehicle was struck after he was pulled over by a San Diego police officer for an alleged traffic violation. The CHP did not specify why Snell's vehicle was stopped. Snell had one passenger in his car, who complained of pain but was evaluated and released at the scene without being hospitalized. The driver of the other vehicle was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, the CHP said. Snell, 29, entered the night with a 5-6 record and 3.66 ERA.