The San Diego Padres have placed star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. on the 10-day injured list and are opting to treat his left shoulder injury with rest and rehab, general manager A.J. Preller told reporters Tuesday.
Preller said an exam of Tatis Jr.’s shoulder was “pretty uneventful,” showing some slight labral tearing, which is consistent with a subluxation injury, and the club is hopeful he can return in 10 days.
Preller added if dislocations become a recurring problem, Tatis Jr. will have to undergo surgery.
Tatis Jr. was forced to leave Monday’s game against the San Francisco Giants after partially dislocating his shoulder. He was hurt during an at-bat at the bottom of the third inning when he swung at a pitch and could be seen immediately grabbing his left elbow in visible discomfort. After spending some time on the ground, Tatis Jr. went to the clubhouse.
Tatis Jr. has struggled early on this season, committing five errors and hitting just .167, although he hit a 465-foot home run in Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The 22-year-old signed a 14-year, $340-million contract this past off-season.