The San Diego Padres placed star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. on the injured list Tuesday after he tested positive for COVID-19, manager Jayce Tingler said.
Utility players Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo were also placed on the IL due to COVID-19 protocols. Tingler said the two players were identified through contact tracing.
There isn’t yet a timetable for the return of any of the trio.
Tingler said it was a stunning development when he spoke with reporters prior to Tuesday’s road game against the Colorado Rockles.
“Naturally, you’re punched in the stomach a little bit,” Tingler said. “First of all, you want to make sure for Tatis in this situation, is he feeling OK? It was good to see him over FaceTime, and he’s feeling well. But you know he’s crushed inside, mentally.”
Tingler said you never know what is lurking when it comes to the virus.
“Unfortunately, that is how COVID seems to work,” Tingler said. “It can pop up anytime, anyplace, anywhere.”
Ha-Seong Kim moved into Tatis’ role as shortstop for Tuesday’s game.
Tatis is batting .240 with nine home runs, 23 runs scored and 14 RBIs in 26 games this season. Last year’s National League Silver Slugger winner has also stolen seven bases, tied for most in the National League.
Profar is hitting .234 in 34 games and Mateo is batting .250 in 22 games.
San Diego recalled right-hander Nabil Crismatt, outfielder John Andreoli and utility player Tucupita Marcano to fill the roster openings.
Crismatt is 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA in six relief appearances this season and Marcano went 2-for-12 (.167) with one RBI in 10 games.
Andreoli hasn’t appeared for the Padres but batted .230 over 61 at-bats in 2018 while splitting time with the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles.
The Rockies activated right-hander Antonio Senzatela from the 10-day injured list to make Tuesday’s start. Senzatela (1-3, 5.76 ERA) was sidelined with a right groin strain.
–Field Level Media