Fernando Tatis Jr. exited Monday’s San Diego Padres-San Francisco Giants game after injuring his shoulder on a swing.
Tatis was batting in the bottom of the third inning and took a huge hack on a 2-2 pitch and whiffed for the strikeout. He went down to the ground in pain because he had hurt his shoulder on the swing.
Fernando Tatis Jr. went back to the clubhouse after hurting himself on this swing pic.twitter.com/iQh81fkwjU
— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) April 6, 2021
The shoulder injury is nothing new; Tatis has been dealing with a left shoulder injury since his time in the minors and missed periods in spring training because of it.
In this case, Tatis Jr. suffered a left shoulder subluxation, which is a partial dislocation.
Padres announce that Fernando Tatis Jr. left the game with a left shoulder subluxation.
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) April 6, 2021
It’s unclear how much time Tatis might miss, but no matter how you look at things, this is bad for the Padres.
The 22-year-old shortstop has been awesome in his first two seasons in MLB and signed a $340 million contract before the season. He was expected to be a possible MVP candidate and big driver to the Padres’ success. They can only hope the injury doesn’t cost the shortstop much time nor linger.