SAN DIEGO – Now that he has arrived and established himself as a rising superstar, the Padres do not want to imagine life without Fernando Tatis Jr.
They got a taste on Tuesday night and it was not nice. Tatis left a draw in the seventh inning for a lower
SAN DIEGO – Now that he has arrived and established himself as a rising superstar, the Padres do not want to imagine a life without
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This skid stepped into the background of the status of Tatis, who will be at least until the series finale on Wednesday afternoon. The Padres are confident that he will be healthy enough to play again on Friday when the club opens a series of three games in Philadelphia.
"He's in pain right now," said Padres manager Andy Green. "We will not start tomorrow, and that gives him two days off. We'll see how he feels after the day off. Hopefully, it's nothing more than that. Sometimes you get a little sore and stiff during the course of 1
During his bat play at the end of sixth place, Tatis stained a 0: 1 curveball from Ray's right-handed Nick Anderson, and then immediately clung tightly to his lower back, causing Green and a team coach to jump out of the dugout.
Tatis temporarily stayed in the game to win two pitches later. Then he retired to the clubhouse for further evaluation. After Tatis had brought his average of 2 to 4 on .317, the night was over.
"He felt it – you could see him reacting to the swing," said Green. "He said he was alright. After he finished the at-bat, it still did not look right. We tried to be a little careful.
Injuries seem to be the only thing that can slow Tatis' meteoric rise. He missed a month from May to June, when he was struggling with a left thigh strain. Only on Sunday Tatis again qualified for the leaderboards. He aspires to become the youngest hit master in baseball history, and his .969 OPS ranks ninth in the majors.
In the place of Tatis his rookie Luis Urias switched from second base to short and Greg Garcia finished second. Green indicated that this is the most likely plan for the future as long as Tatis is not there. Urias spent a significant amount of time as a short-stop with the Minors, where he is considered the average defender.
The right-handed man of Padres, Michel Baez, gave Ji-Man Choi a few moments after Tatis left. Eric Sogard would also touch an RBI double in the frame.
San Diego got a runback and hit the go-ahead twice on the record. Green decided to pinch Jay Naylor against Ray's left-back Jose Alvarado. According to Statcast, he preferred this match to a possible showdown between Right Ian Kinsler and Right Emilio Pagan. Naylor chased four of them and polluted a high 2-2 fastball before swinging through a 3-2 slider that was far out and probably low.
Then Ray's manager Kevin Cash called for Pagan, who drove Myers out. The San Diego Hitters reached a season high 18 times.
The Padres' win streak in three games wiped out the winning streak in three games ahead of them, and they fell nine games below .500 again – a season's low. Now they will hold their breath, hoping that their 20-year-old spark plug will not miss too much time.
"No one thinks it's too strict at the time," Green said. "But they'll wait until he wakes up in the morning and finds out how he feels. I hope we hear the same thing again tomorrow. Sometimes you just do not know it with your back.
"You keep your fingers crossed and hope. It was obviously a big part of everything we did this year.
AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell .