San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. will be out of the lineup for at least 10 days but will not need shoulder surgery, team general manager AJ Preller said Tuesday.
Preller said Tatis will be placed on the disabled list so he can rest and rehabilitate his shoulder and that he expects him to return to play after a short time. “He will not be operated on. He does not have a great swelling in his shoulder,” Preller said.
“He has a slight labrum tear, which is consistent with a subluxation injury. Overall, today’s exam (Tuesday) was uneventful,” he added.
Tatis, 22, walked out of Monday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park after he fanned Anthony DeSclafani’s pitch to strike out and threw himself to the ground in visible pain.
The Padres reported after the encounter that Tatis suffered a subluxation in his shoulder, which is a partial dislocation of the joint.
“There’s a reason he is who he is,” said Jayce Tingler, the Padres manager. “We don’t have a way to replace him. But we can get nine or ten players to increase their production by small percentages, taking good at-bats, making the defensive plays, running the bases well,” he added.
Tatis, who before reporting to spring training agreed to a 14-year, $ 340 million extension – at the time the third-largest contract in history – had to leave an exhibition game due to a sore left shoulder after making a defensive play. .
At the time, Tingler noted that his shortstop has dealt with those spar arm shoulder discomfort since he was in the minor leagues. Tatis revealed to ESPN Digital last weekend that such annoyances did not concern him.
“The shoulder thing has been there since my rookie league season,” Tatis said. “I think that it is not something that people should worry about. I think that it is something of the game, what it brings, what it takes out of me. It is something that always happens to me at the beginning, during and almost at the end,” he added.
“They are little things that the game brings and you just learn how to deal with them. They are day-to-day things,” said the player from Querétaro.
Tatis hit .317 with 22 homers and was third in the 2019 NL Rookie of the Year race, his first major league season, despite a low back injury limiting him to 84 games. .
The shortstop appeared in 59 of the 60 games in the 2020 coronavirus-shortened season and was fourth in the MVP voting of the old circuit, behind Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves; Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers and his teammate and compatriot Manny Machado.
Tatis and Machado were two of the main reasons for San Diego to advance to its first postseason since 2006 last year and for it to be among the clubs most likely to prevent divisional rivals Dodgers from claiming a second straight Series title. World.