San Diego Padres star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. had to be taken out early in their game against the San Francisco Giants on Monday night after suffering a left shoulder subluxation, via ESPN. It was sustained after an awkward swing, which caused him to stay on the ground in pain.
It just looks painful:
Fernando Tatis Jr. had to come out of the game after getting hurt on a swing. Looked pretty bad: pic.twitter.com/X49N72HSYo
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) April 6, 2021
The incident happened in the third inning of the game as Tatis whiffed on a breaking ball by Giants pitcher Anthony DeSclafani. He spent some time on the ground before he was taken off the field by trainers as he held his left arm in pain.
After the incident, Tatis was eventually diagnosed with a shoulder subluxation, which is identified as a partial dislocation of the joint. More details regarding his situation will be known once he undergoes an MRI on Tuesday.
Padres manager Jayce Tingler bared that his star player has already experienced several dislocations in the past but were only of minor severity. Back in spring training, Tatis also left one of their games after feeling discomfort in his left shoulder but eventually returned back to the field two days later. After seeing the incident against the Giants, Tingler added that the nagging shoulder issue may have been bothering Tatis more than they know of.
A huge 2021 season was expected from Tatis after he inked a 14-year, $340 million deal with the team over the offseason. Through their first five games, the Dominican Republic native had yet to find his form as he merely batted .167 (one home run) and committed a total of five errors, and now it looks like he's going to miss some time.
Amid Fernando Tatis Jr.'s absence, Padres rookie Ha-Seong Kim is expected to get more opportunities on the field. Jake Cronenworth, Jorge Mateo, and Tucupita Marcano could also make more appearances in the shortstop position as they await the return of their 22-year-old star, whenever that may be.