Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. has slight tear in shoulder, surgery not needed


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Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. exited Monday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants with a shoulder injury.

One day later, the San Diego Padres placed him on the 10-day injured list with inflammation in his left shoulder.

Tatis Jr. was injured in the third inning when he fell to the ground after a swing and miss while facing pitcher Anthony Desclafani. He immediately grabbed his left arm in pain.

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A.J. Preller, president of baseball operations, said that he has some tearing in his labrum, but the injury will not require surgery. The team believes rest and rehab should be able to get him back onto the field.

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“It’s just being safe and giving the left shoulder inflammation and some of the instability a chance to calm down,” Preller told reporters. “Overall, the exam today was pretty uneventful.”

Tatis, who is considered to be one of the best young players in baseball, signed a 14-year, $340 million contract extension back in February. He led the Padres to the playoffs during the 2020 season shortened due to coronavirus.

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So far this year, in 18 at-bats, Tatis has three hits, four runs scored, with one homer and one RBI. Through Tuesday, the Padres have a 3-2 record one week into the season.

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