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Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. says he could be out until after the All-Star Game with leg injury

 The Associated Press  |    Jun 25th, 2024 2:39am EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Padres star right fielder Fernando Tatis Jr. says he might not return from a stress reaction in his right thigh bone until after the All-Star Game.

Tatis was placed on the 10-day injured list on Monday after dealing with the injury for essentially the whole season.

“It’s a huge gap,” Tatis said when asked about the timetable for his return. “I don’t want to put it out there because people are going to expect stuff. But it’s going to be some time. We know with the right stuff we’re trying to aim after the All-Star Game, but we’re talking about something serious in my bone, in my right leg.

“It can get worse and we don’t want that,” Tatis said after the Padres’ 7-6, 10-inning win over the Washington Nationals. “I was playing through it and I probably could have kept going but the doctors recommended to heal it now so that way it doesn’t get worse. It’s just better that way.”

Tatis has been dealing with what had been described as a quadriceps injury. Manager Mike Shildt said the team discovered the stress reaction in his femur a few days ago after imaging. The manager said Tatis could play with the injury, but it won’t get better without rest.

Tatis was hit by a pitch near his left elbow on Friday night against Milwaukee and was removed from the game two innings later. He didn’t play Saturday or Sunday.

Tatis leads the Padres with 14 home runs, including a 446-foot shot on Thursday night. He won the NL Gold Glove and Platinum Glove awards last year in his first season in right field.

Tatis brought Shildt some popcorn in the dugout in the ninth inning Monday night.

“Good luck popcorn,” Tatis said.

The Nationals scored three runs in the 10th and the Padres then scored four in the bottom of the inning, walking it off on Jurickson Profar’s two-run single.”

Shildt also said Yu Darvish is dealing with elbow inflammation and won’t start Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals as planned. He’s on the IL with a groin strain.

Rookie Adam Mazur was recalled from Triple-A El Paso to start Tuesday night. The Padres also recalled infielder Eguy Rosario from Triple-A and selected the contract of outfielder Bryce Johnson. They optioned right-hander Jhony Brito and outfielder Jose Azocar to Triple-A.


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