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Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. gets crucial update on shoulder injury

Padres, Fernando Tatis Jr.

Fernando Tatis Jr. suffered a shoulder injury on Monday versus the San Francisco Giants and fans of the San Diego Padres can breathe a sigh of relief. Despite him being forced to miss time, Tatis only sustained a slight labral tear, per Annie Heilbrunn of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Tatis left Monday’s game early with pain in his shoulder and his MRI showed a slight labral tear. Instead of electing to have him undergo surgery, the Padres believe that some rest and placement on the injury list will give Tatis enough time to recover, according to Dennis Lin of The Athletic.

Besides being able to avoid anything serious, the team doctors that have looked into his injury don’t believe he can worsen his ailment by playing again this season, per Bill Shaikin of the LA Times.

Tatis is a key contributor for the Padres after putting together back-to-back productive seasons. In his first two seasons in the MLB, Tatis combined for 39 home runs that resulted in 98 runs batted in, and he was able to snag 27 stolen bases.

With Tatis headed to the 10-day injury list, Ha-Seong Kim will likely see more time at shortstop in San Diego’s infield. At the same time, the Padres may need their new-look pitching rotation to help their offense that will be without Tatis for at least 10 days. But on a positive note, Tatis is set to return to the lineup sooner rather than later.