San Diego Padres star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. has been placed on the 10-day injury list but does not need surgery after the recent injury to his troublesome left shoulder, general manager AJ Preller said Tuesday.
Tatis suffered the injury on a hard swing Monday, leaving San Diego’s 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants. Padres Monday said Tatis had suffered a shoulder subluxation, which is a partial displacement of the joint.
Preller said Tuesday that further investigations showed a mild labrum tear consistent with a subluxation. He said the injury is “non-surgical.”
Padres hopes Tatis can return as soon as 10 days. Preller said the shortstop has the entire range of motion and that he would be in the lineup on Tuesday.
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Padres manager Jayce Tingler told reporters after the Giants game that Tatis had experienced minor shifts in the past, but said Monday’s incident was the most painful he had ever seen Tatis in. Tingler also said the nagging shoulder problem might have bothered Tatis “more than we went up for. “
Tatis curled up to the ground in pain after swinging and missing on a 2-2 pitch from San Francisco Anthony DeSclafani in the third inning, leaving Petco Park in silence. He walked off the field with the help of Tingler and a coach, rocking his left arm against his body.
Tatis also left a game late for spring training with discomfort in his left shoulder after making a backhand play, but returned two days later. Tingler said at the time that Tatis had been dealing with discomfort in his left shoulder since his minor league days. Tatis later said he had had it since rookie ball.
Tatis, 22, struggled through the first five games of this season, hitting just 0.167 and making five errors, even though he hit a 465-foot home run Sunday in a loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. He signed the longest contract in big league history on February 22 – a 14-year deal worth $ 340 million.
If Tatis is equated for an extended period, Tingler said San Diego’s “first option” at shortstop would be rookie Ha-Seong Kim, who replaced Tatis on Monday. Jake Cronenworth, Jorge Mateo and Tucupita Marcano could also potentially play shortstops.
ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez and Jesse Rogers and The Associated Press contributed to this report.