San Diego Padres rookie shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. is likely miss the remainder of 2019 with a stress reaction in his lower back, manager Andy Green said Friday.
The Padres’ rookie phenom, who has been dealing with an ailing back, was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Wednesday, along with infielder Ian Kinsler (herniated cervical disk, retroactive to Tuesday). San Diego recalled infielder Ty France and outfielder Travis Jankowski from Triple-A El Paso on Friday.
Tatis is batting .317/.379/.590 through 84 games in his rookie season. He has starred on the basepaths and dazzled with his defense as well. At 20, Tatis has already established himself as one of the game’s most exciting young players.
Recently, however, he’d been battling some back soreness, and he was removed from Tuesday’s game after a sixth-inning strikeout because of the injury. Tatis didn’t start Wednesday, with second baseman Luis Urias sliding to short in his place in the 7-2 win over the Rays.
Information from MLB.com was used in this report.