The Padres fan base didn’t exhale for over 24 hours when Fernando Tatis Jr. left early in a spring exhibition late last month. He ended up being fine in the end, but the next time Friar Nation got that type of scare it would always be too soon.
So of course it only took a few weeks for things to come crashing down once again.
In the bottom of the third, Tatis took a hard chop on a knuckle-curve that ultimately struck him out. But as he ended his follow through, the young star collapsed to the ground in obvious pain. He would stay doubled over until Jayce Tingler and the head trainer eventually helped him up and walked him over to the dugout, left arm kept pressed against his body.
Not too long after his exit, the team announced that he had suffered a left shoulder subluxation and he’d be re-evaluated tomorrow. For those who don’t want to look it up, a subluxation of the shoulder is essentially a partial dislocation. Whether that better or worse than a full dislocation is beyond me, however. Like breaks, clean ones are usually better than non-clean fractures.
Update from the clubhouse: Fernando Tatis Jr. left tonight’s game with a left shoulder subluxation. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow.— San Diego Padres (@Padres) April 6, 2021
So in other less important news, the Padres ended up falling to the Giants 3-2 on Monday night. San Franciso scored all three of their runs via solo homers by left fielder Darin Ruf, third baseman Evan Longoria, and right fielder Mike Yastrzemski.
Adrian Morejon made his first start of the 2021 season, pitching four innings and striking out two while allowing just as many runs. Nabil Crismatt and Craig Stammen followed him with two K’s, apiece.
The Padres’ two runs were both attributed to Victor Caratini. The first was a base hit in the second to bring home Jurickson Profar and the second was a sac fly in the sixth which, once again, allowed Profar to scamper home. Despite no RBIs, Jake Cronenworth finished with a team-high three hits. He’s now hitting .412 on the year.
San Diego will get a full day’s rest before heading back out onto the field at Petco tonight for another 7:10 p.m. start time. Yu Darvish will be back on the mound for his second start of the year.