NEW YORK (AP) -All-Star Chris Young had his back checked out in San Diego on Wednesday and the team is hopeful he'll miss only one start.
The right-hander was forced to leave his start against the Mets on Tuesday night after five innings because of lower back pain.
``He has stiffness and soreness in his lower back,'' manager Bud Black said. ``It probably won't resolve by Sunday, but we're hoping he'll be able to make his next start.''
Team doctors reported inflammation and ``some hot spots that indicate activity in his lower back,'' Black said.
Young is 9-4 with a 2.12 ERA in 23 starts, lowest in baseball. He is holding opponents to a .184 average, also lowest in the majors.
Black said Young's arm feels great.
``It's just the restriction that is placed upon him with the back. It's just a time issue, when his back lets him repeat his normal delivery without changing it,'' Black said.
The Padres start a three-game series at Philadelphia on Friday night. While the team hasn't settled on a starter in Young's place, two possibilities are lefty Wil Ledezma, who made his first start of the season on Aug. 10 at Cincinnati, and right-hander Tim Stauffer, who is 8-4 with a 4.40 ERA at Triple-A Portland.
Young returned from a stint on the 15-day disabled list earlier this month. He was out because of a strained muscle in his left side.
On Tuesday night, Young's velocity was down and he gave up four runs and five hits against the Mets, getting pulled after 64 pitches. The Padres wound up losing 7-6.
After the Phillies lost Thursday to the Dodgers, the Padres went into their game Thursday night against the Mets leading Philadelphia by 1 1/2 games in the wild-card race. Los Angeles and Atlanta are two games back.
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