- The San Francisco Padres have placed Fernando Tatis Jr. on the 10-day injured list.
- Tatis suffered a shoulder injury during Monday’s game against the San Francisco Giants.
- San Diego is third in the current World Series odds boards at +700 at SportsBetting.ag.
The San Diego Padres can breath a sigh of relief, at least for now.
Superstar shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. won’t be needing surgery on his injured left shoulder. He has however been placed on the 10-day injured list.
Last Monday, the Padres said that Tatis had suffered a shoulder subluxation which is a partial dislocation of the joint. On Tuesday, general manager A.J. Preller said that further testing revealed a slight labrum tear which is consistent with a subluxation. According to Preller, the injury will only need rest and rehab to heal.
Padres Dodged a Bullet
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
Tatis hurt his shoulder while swinging hard on a 2-2 pitch from San Francisco’s Anthony DeSclefani in the third inning of the opening game of their series against the Giants. He immediately crumpled in front of home plate while holding his arm in obvious pain. Tatis walked off the field with assistance from manager Jayce Tingler and a trainer while cradling his left arm against his body.
The injury looked bad in real time and considering that Tatis has battled with minor dislocations of his left shoulder throughout his career, it was a big scare for the San Diego. But the Padres definitely dodged a bullet here and they hope that Tatis can return as quickly as 10 days. However, they are not putting a timeline on his return.
San Diego has every reason to be cautious with this injury. They recently signed Tatis to a monster 14-year deal worth $340M after two impressive but shortened seasons in the majors where he posted a batting line of .301/.374/.582 with 39 homers and 27 steals in 143 games.
Padres Odds Unchanged
Every team’s odds to win the World Series 👀 pic.twitter.com/32no9IQRKS
— FOX Bet (@FOXBet) March 31, 2021
With news that Tatis won’t be needing surgery, the Padres kept their place in the World Series odds boards. San Diego still has the third best odds to win the World Series at +700 at SportsBetting.ag, trailing only the Los Angeles Dodgers (+325) and New York Yankees (+575) with their +700 odds. They also have the second best odds to win the National League at +390 and the NL West at +185.
San Diego is 4-2 on the young season and they won their first game without Tatis, beating the San Francisco Giants 3-1 in Game 2 of their current series on Tuesday. Game 3 of the series is on Wednesday with San Diego listed as favorites at -155.
Ha Seong Kim got his first start in the majors on Tuesday, filling in for Tatis at the short stop position.The Padres signed the 25-year old Korean star to a four-year deal worth $28M. Kim hit 30 home runs with a batting line of .306/.397/.523 in the KBO last year but he will have big shoes to fill if Tatis misses more than 10 days. Likewise, San Diego’s odds could fall if their superstar will be out for a longer period.