San Diego Padres Keep Paying The Price For Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.’s Troublesome Left Shoulder
The San Diego Padres’ $340-million man is out again after trying to stop on a dime.
Shortstop Fernando Tatis, Jr, who signed a historic 14-year deal before the season, suffered a left shoulder subluxation for the third time this year in a 9-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.
When trying to halt his momentum and avoid a tag when sliding feet-first into third base, Tatis’ left hand violently struck the ground and his shoulder became dislocated. An obviously distressed Tatis was assisted in leaving the field by the Padres’ medical staff, clutching his left arm to stabilize it.
Tatis missed a handful of games during the spring when the problem reappeared after a head-first slide. In April, Tatis was on the injured list for 10 days after the shoulder popped out and he missed another game in June.
“Unfortunately, we’ve had to go some stretches without him this year,’’ a somber Padres manager Jayce Tingler told reporters. “If that’s the situation now, hopefully it’s for a very short period of time.’’
Tatis’ absence, for any length, is a blow to the Padres as they seek to make the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since 2005-06. The electric Tatis, 22, is an National League MVP candidate by hitting .292 with 31 home runs and 70 RBIs.
The Padres are reeling and not just with Tatis going on the shelf.
San Diego was linked to Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer in the hours leading up to Friday’s trading deadline, with some reports indicating a deal was close at hand.
Instead Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, as well as all-star shortstop Trea Turner, landed with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Padres were desperate to obtain starting pitching but had to settle for second baseman Adam Frazier, outfielder Jake Marisnick and reliever Daniel Hudson in three separate deals.
The second-place Dodgers’ haul could create more space between them and the third-place Padres. Both teams are chasing the San Francisco Giants, who bolstered their chances with the addition of third baseman Kris Bryant.
But all of that is background music for a squad once again missing the leader of its band in Tatis.
“Obviously, our best team is with him on the field,’’ Tingler said.
When Tatis is fit, and able to return, is the Padres’ $340 million question.