Padres place Fernando Tatis Jr. in IL

Fernando Tatis Jr. will try to avoid another surgery on his shoulder. (AP Photo / Derrick Tuskan)

Fernando Tatis Jr. will be out for a while for the San Diego Padres, but potentially not as long as feared.

The Padres will place their star shortstop on the 10-day disabled list due to a dislocated left shoulder, general manager AJ Preller told reporters Tuesday. Preller said Tatis has a slight tear in her labrum, but the team is hopeful that rest and rehab will allow her to avoid surgery.

Preller characterized Tatis’s review as “uneventful” and a “fairly positive overall report,” saying the player is in a good mood.

Preller aggregate that the team does not rule out that Tatis will return when his minimum of 10 days ends.

Tatis exited Monday’s game in obvious pain, and fell to the ground after a non-contact swing:

That left shoulder has been a recurring problem throughout Tatis’ young career. Athletic noted that the problem dates back to when Tatis was on rookie ball in 2016, and it reappeared during spring training this year when he had to come out of a game. He has also seen his 2018 season ended by a broken thumb and his 2019 season ended by a stress reaction in his lower back.

The fear when Tatis collapsed was that he would need end-of-season surgery to repair his shoulder, but he appears to have dodged that bullet as long as the rest and rehab route is as expected.

Tatis will now miss at least the next 10 days, which include a Padres tour with a series against the Texas Rangers and the Pittsburgh Pirates. If he can truly return in just 10 days, he would arrive just in time for San Diego’s first series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, possibly the most anticipated matchup of the season.

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