Fernando Tatis Jr. Tests Positive For COVID-19
San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. has tested positive for coronavirus. The shortstop will be placed on the injured list along with infielder Jurickson Profar and outfielder Jorge Mateo due to health and safety protocols.
The team announced it on Tuesday evening. “Due to health and safety protocols, the Padres placed SS Fernando Tatis Jr. and INF/OFs Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo on the injured list today,” the statement read.
Due to health and safety protocols, the #Padres placed SS Fernando Tatis Jr. and INF/OFs Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo on the injured list today. The club will announce corresponding roster moves prior to tonight’s game at COL.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) May 11, 2021
Padres general manager Jayce Tingler told reporters that Tatis was crushed after testing positive because he wanted to play on Tuesday. “Mentally, he’s crushed,” Tingler said of Tatis. “He wants to be here with the guys, he wants to play, he wants to be a part of it.”
The team is not at the 85% threshold of vaccinations that would allow for looser restrictions around their team. “We’re a couple of players away from getting there,” Tingler said. “Will we get there? I don’t know at the end of the day. I think we’re optimistic. We’re just a couple of guys short. The one thing with the protocols and things like that — it’s a clear competitive advantage to get to that 85%. Our guys are educated — we’re educating them on it. That’s where we are.”
Tatis is currently batting .240 with 23 hits, 14 RBI’s and nine home runs. Tatis leads the team with his nine long balls.
Profar is batting .234 in 107 at-bats, and Mateo is batting .250 in 36 plate appearances.