5:56pm: Tatis is “fine,” a source told Acee.
5:04pm: Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. exited the team’s game against the Reds on Tuesday with discomfort in his left (non-throwing) shoulder, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune was among those to report. The club will re-evaluate Tatis on Wednesday.
There is no indication Tatis is dealing with a major injury, but if it a serious issue, it would be an awful development for the Padres. They’re coming off a tremendous 2020, an active offseason and hoping to knock the reigning World Series champion Dodgers off the National League West perch this year. For that to happen, the Padres will need a healthy Tatis, a 22-year-old who has established himself as a star since his 2019 debut. Tatis was so effective over his first two seasons, in which he slashed .301/.374/.582 with 39 home runs and 27 stolen bases over 629 plate appearances, that the Padres signed him to a 14-year, $340MM extension last month.
In the event of a worst-case scenario that would force Tatis to miss time, the Padres do have at least one viable replacement on their bench. Ha-Seong Kim – who thrived in Korea before joining the Padres on a four-year, $28MM guarantee in the offseason – has a great deal of professional experience at the position, where he played 776 games in the KBO.