San Diego Padres activate Fernando Tatis Jr. (shoulder) from IL

Apr 16, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (L) looks on during batting practice before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who was originally feared to have a serious shoulder ailment, was back in action Friday after spending the minimum 10 days on the injured list.

Tatis was activated by the Padres and placed in the second spot in the batting order behind Trent Grisham for the opener of a three-game series against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s the first time the Padres have had their preferred 1-2 combination together this season, as Grisham missed the opening week due to a hamstring injury.

Tatis, 22, sustained a dislocated left shoulder while swinging and missing a pitch on April 5 against the San Francisco Giants. He didn’t end up needing surgery, though.

His swift return is a big relief to the Padres, who gave Tatis a 14-year, $340 million contract extension this spring.

“He’s a game-changing player, as I’m sure you all know,” Grisham said. “We’re excited to have him back. He’s very dynamic, and he’s very excited to get back. We’re pumped to have him in the lineup.”

Through five games this season, Tatis is hitting .167 (3-for-18) with one homer and one RBI. He has a .297/.371/.575 career batting line with 40 home runs and 99 RBIs through 148 games in parts of three major league seasons, all with San Diego.

Rookie infielder/outfielder Tucupita Marcano was optioned to the Padres’ alternate training site to open a roster spot for Tatis. Marcano hit .167 (2-for-12) with one RBI in 10 games for San Diego this season.

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