San Diego Padres' Blake Snell starts day after DUI suspect hits car

Aug 20, 2022

Padres left-hander Blake Snell made his start in San Diego against the Washington Nationals on Friday, less than 24 hours 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. PT on Thursday, about one hour after the team's 3-1 loss to the Nationals in the opener of a four-game series at Petco Park. The Padres' medical team evaluated Snell on Friday and cleared him to play.

"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."

Source: ESPN