It was the third time Tatis, 22, the National League’s starting shortstop to the All-Star Game, has left a game this year due to injury.
Tatis scored and advanced on Manny Machado’s precise goal to third base Ryan McMahon, who recovered the ball but then knocked it out of his glove and rolled behind him into a short left field. Tatis took off for third place, but shortstop Brendan Rodgers raced for third, took over from McMahon and knocked out the slippery Tatis.
Tatis awkwardly slid onto the bag and collapsed in pain a few feet away, bringing silence to Petco Park. Manager Jayce Tingler and a coach helped Tatis off the pitch as he winced in pain, holding his left arm. The trainer was holding Tatis’ arm / shoulder.
Tatis suffered a partial dislocation of his left shoulder in a heavy punch on April 5 against San Francisco and was put on the injured list. He injured his shoulder again and left a game against Cincinnati on June 19, although he only missed one game. Tatis left a spring training game after injuring his shoulder on a pitch, but was back two days later.
Tatis also missed eight games in mid-May after testing positive for COVID-19.
Tatis entered the game with an average of 0.290 with a record 31 home runs in NL, 23 stolen goals, 78 points scored and a slugging percentage of 0.650. His 70 RBIs are third in the NL.
Tatis is known for his spectacular shortstop play, although he currently leads the majors with 20 errors. He became the first Padres player to vote to start an All-Star Game since Tony Gwynn in 1999.