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The San Diego Padres made a late change to their lineup on Sunday, scratching left-hander Blake Snell right before he was scheduled to start against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Snell, who was replaced by right-hander Nabil Crismatt, was experiencing left adductor tightness, according to the Padres.

Snell, 29 years old, dealt with adductor tightness last September, too. At the time, it caused him to be removed from a start against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning. Snell did not make another appearance for the remainder of the season -- though it's possible the Padres' noncompetitive state contributed to that.

It's unclear at this point if Snell's short-term availability will be impacted. His spot in the rotation would be due up next on Friday against the Atlanta Braves.

Snell is in his second season with the Padres. He authored an uneven first year, as he accumulated a 4.20 ERA (92 ERA+) and a 2.46 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 27 starts. Snell's seasonal marks would've been a lot worse were it not for a strong finish. He had a 5.44 ERA and a 1.91 strikeout-to-walk ratio entering August. He then rallied to post a 1.83 ERA and a 4.64 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his final eight outings.

The Padres originally acquired Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays in January of 2021. San Diego sent four players to St. Petersburg: right-handers Luis Patiño and Cole Wilcox and catchers Francisco Mejía and Blake Hunt.

Crismatt, for his part, had never previously started a big-league game. Last year, he appeared in 45 games and completed 81 innings. Crismatt pitched to a 3.76 ERA (103 ERA+) and accumulated a 2.96 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The Padres entered Sunday with a 2-1 record so far this season thanks in large part to outstanding starting pitching. Yu Darvish, Sean Manaea, and Joe Musgrove combined for 19 innings of two-run, three-hit ball in their first starts this season.