Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. Likely Out for Remainder of Season with Back Injury

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2019

San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. overthrows first as Cincinnati Reds' Jose Iglesias arrives safely on the throwing error during the eleventh inning of a baseball game Friday, April 19, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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The San Diego Padres infield has taken two huge hits with rookie phenom Fernando Tatis Jr. and veteran Ian Kinsler landing on the 10-day injured list. 

The team announced Friday that Tatis has a stress reaction in his lower back (his IL stint is retroactive to Aug. 14), and Kinsler is dealing with a herniated cervical disc (retroactive to Aug. 13). Infielder Ty France and outfielder Travis Jankowski were recalled from Triple-A. 

Padres manager Andy Green said Tatis will "most likely" miss the remainder of the season, per MLB.com's Paul Casella

Tatis was placed on the IL in April with a hamstring strain, which he suffered while attempting to stretch for a play at second base. It cost him more than a month, and now another injury could raise question marks about his durability.

When healthy, the rookie shortstop has a chance to be a game-changing player.

Considered one of the top prospects in baseball coming into the year, the 20-year-old surprisingly made the major league squad out of spring training and made it count with six home runs and four stolen bases in his first 20 games.

Overall this season, Tatis has 22 home runs and a .317/.379/.590 slash line in 84 games. 

Kinsler has struggled in his first season with the Padres. The four-time All-Star is hitting just .217/.278/.368 with nine homers in 87 games. 

With Tatis on the shelf, Luis Urias will fill in at shortstop. France and Greg Garcia can handle duties at second base until Kinsler is able to return.