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Solarte exits Friars' game with thumb ailment

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DENVER -- Third baseman Yangervis Solarte left the Padres' 5-3 loss to the Rockies on Saturday in the fourth inning with a left thumb contusion.

"He's going to be fine in the long run," manager Andy Green said. "It's something where he's gotten jammed a number of times in recent days. He's going to get some swelling in there right now. After his first at-bat it just didn't look like he was going to be productive to keep him out the rest of the day. Right-handed he's completely fine to swing right now. Left-handed causes him a little bit of issues."

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DENVER -- Third baseman Yangervis Solarte left the Padres' 5-3 loss to the Rockies on Saturday in the fourth inning with a left thumb contusion.

"He's going to be fine in the long run," manager Andy Green said. "It's something where he's gotten jammed a number of times in recent days. He's going to get some swelling in there right now. After his first at-bat it just didn't look like he was going to be productive to keep him out the rest of the day. Right-handed he's completely fine to swing right now. Left-handed causes him a little bit of issues."

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The injury came in his first at bat -- a run-scoring groundout to second in the first inning -- but he was not lifted until his next at-bat, when pinch-hitter Adam Rosales spelled him.

"We just left him there to play defense," Green said. "It doesn't bother him at all playing defense. If something crazy happened and a left-handed pitcher ended up in the game, then he could have stayed in the game, so it was probably pre-mature to take him out immediately."

Solarte, the Padres' cleanup hitter, is hitting .288 with four home runs. He drove in his 17th run with his first-inning grounder.

"I don't think it's more than a few days," Green said. "We go back home and we've got two lefties against Miami, so he'll be good to go against those guys. Probably just give him another day more or two."

Rosales stayed in the game at third base after his pinch-hit appearance.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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