San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. exits game with apparent injury

Apr 5, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (L) is helped off the field by a trainer and manager Jayce Tingler (R) after injuring himself during a swing during the third inning against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. left the Padres’ Monday game against the visiting San Francisco Giants in the third inning, having gone to the ground with an injury after striking out.

Two medical trainers on the San Diego staff rushed to home plate to attend to Tatis, who got up slowly while grabbing at his left wrist. He then walked off the field. Ha-Seong Kim took his place in the field at shortstop the next half-inning.

Tatis, one of the game’s bright young stars at age 22, signed a 14-year, $340 million contract extension in mid-February. He went 0-for-2 on Monday, leaving him 3-for-18 (.167) with one homer and one RBI through five games this season.

Last season, Tatis finished fourth in National League MVP voting and won a Silver Slugger award after batting .277 with 17 homers and 45 RBIs in 59 games. In 2019, he came in third in NL Rookie of the Year voting despite playing just half the season in the majors.

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