Padres’ Tatis Jr. leaves vs. Reds after suffering apparent shoulder injury

San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. leaves the game against the Cincinnati Reds after landing awkwardly on his shoulder while diving for a ground ball.

San Diego Padres star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. has left the team’s game against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday after suffering an apparent shoulder injury attempting to make a diving grab.

Tatis Jr. was trying to make a play on a grounder off the bat of Reds outfielder Tyler Naquin in the top of the fifth inning. As the 22-year-old laid out to grab the ball, he landed with his glove hand first, immediately grabbing his left shoulder after the impact.

A trainer came out to check on him and he was removed from the game.

According to The Athletic’s Dennis Lin, Tatis Jr. petitioned to stay in the game, and was removed for precautionary reasons, per manager Jayce Tingler.

Tatis Jr. was placed on the 10-day disabled list at the beginning of the season after suffering a partially dislocated left shoulder while taking a violent swing on April 6.

Tatis Jr. rehabbed the injury and team officials at the time said doctors assured them he couldn’t do any further damage to the shoulder if he continued playing this season.

The electrifying talent, who signed a $340-million, 14-year contract in the off-season, entered the game second in the MLB in home runs (22) and sixth in RBI (50) while slashing .285/.364/.675

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