Fernando Tatis Jr. avoids surgery but heads to injured list with shoulder injury

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Fernando Tatis Jr. avoids surgery but heads to injured list with shoulder injury

The San Diego Padres have avoided a major disaster with Fernando Tatis Jr., but will still be without their star shortstop for a minimum of 10 days due to a “slight labrum tear” in his left shoulder.

Padres general manager A.J. Preller said Tuesday that Tatis’ shoulder popped in and out of place when he swung and missed at a pitch in a game against the San Francisco Giants the night before.

An examination revealed some damage to the shoulder, but Preller said there was no inflammation, and Tatis’ bone structure and rotator cuff looked good.

The Padres will put Tatis on the injured list “to be safe,” Preller said, but expect him to return to action after the minimum of 10 days. Preller said Tatis will rest and rehab his shoulder while on the IL, but doctors don’t believe there is any significant risk of re-injury once he’s ready to return.

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