Arenado exits with sore right shoulder

Discomfort flares after double-play relay throw

August 11th, 2018

DENVER -- Rockies All-Star third baseman said he had been dealing with right shoulder soreness for "the last couple weeks" before leaving in the fifth inning of Friday's 5-4 victory over the Dodgers. But Arenado said he hopes to play Saturday.

"I've had soreness before throughout every year and played through every one of them," Arenado said. "But this one, it started bothering me."

The injury flared after Arenado made a double-play relay throw to first baseman in the third inning. Arenado was in a shifted position and covered second base on 's grounder to first.

"I felt fine throwing it; I threw it good," Arenado said. "But after, I had trouble throwing. I couldn't really let it eat. Usually when I throw I can let it fly."

Arenado, who entered the day second in the National League in home runs with 29 and tied for third in RBIs with 82, was 0-for-2 with a strikeout against Dodgers righty . He said the injury doesn't affect his swing, since the problem is with his back shoulder in his right-handed batting stance.

But , who replaced Arenado at third, delivered the go-ahead runs on a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh off Dodgers lefty .

"They said, 'Hey, you may need to go in for Nolan,' so I ran upstairs, threw three balls and they yelled at me and said, 'Hey, you're going in,'" McMahon said.

Arenado said he didn't like forcing McMahon into immediate duty, at least at first.

"I don't like doing that to players if they're not ready," Arenado said. "I always kinda feel bad.

"I don't feel bad anymore."