Fernando Tatis Jr. is one of the best rookies in all of MLB this season but he’s about to spend some more time on the shelf.
The Padres placed Tatis on the 10-day injured list Friday with a stress reaction in his lower back, the team announced.
The move is retroactive to Aug. 14, and according to manager Andy Green, the rookie is “most likely done for the season.”
“It’s been really tough for him over the last couple of days to kind of swallow this. For us, it’s a tough blow. For him, we’re going to take care of him,” Green told reporters Friday. “Obviously, we’re going to do what we can to take care of him as a young guy in the big leagues who we expect to be a huge part of what we do going forward.”
Green added he expects Tatis to make a full recovery.
Tatis, 20, is among the MLB rookie leaders in batting average (.317), home runs (22), RBIs (53), stolen bases (16) and on-base percentage (.379). He has done all of this in just 84 games as he missed a good portion of the year with a hamstring injury.
This time Tatis came up gimpy after a swing and considering the Padres’ position in the National League wild-card race, it’s not a surprise the team could hold him out for the year.
San Diego is 7 1/2 games back of the Cubs for the second wild-card spot and 23 1/2 games out of first place in the NL West.
The Padres need Tatis, but they also need him long term and there’s little reason to risk further injury for a playoff push which might be a lost cause.