One of the brightest stars in the game and one of the most important individual players in the NL West playoff race, Fernando Tatis, Jr. went down last night in the kind of non-contact situation that always makes you especially concerned about how bad an injury might be. That’s doubly so given how much pain he was obviously in, and triply so given that it was a left shoulder dislocation when he already had left a game in Spring Training because of left shoulder discomfort.
Officially, the Padres say this was a “left shoulder subluxation” – aka a dislocated shoulders – and Tatis will be re-evaluated today:
Fernando Tatis Jr. went back to the clubhouse after hurting himself on this swing pic.twitter.com/iQh81fkwjU
— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) April 6, 2021
Hopefully there isn’t a long-term, serious issue in there. Tatis, 22, signed a $340 million extension this offseason for a reason: he’s a burgeoning superstar, whose importance to the game transcends his importance to the Padres (which, obviously, is considerable). I won’t play doctor, but I will only note that in following sports over the years, the range of outcomes and recoveries for dislocated shoulders seems to be really wide, particularly depending on what caused the dislocation. Apparently Tatis has had minor dislocations before in his career, but never accompanied by this level of pain.
The Padres will have to prepare to be without Tatis for a bit, but they might have a solid replacement for now in Ha-Seong Kim. Not that anyone can quite replace Tatis.