Fernando Tatis Jr. doing the splits during a game Sunday against the Nationals. Photo: Twitter

The Padres’ 7-6 loss Sunday to the Nationals may not be as concerning as the hamstring injury suffered by San Diego rookie shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who had to leave the game early following a scary looking play.

“We’re hoping he’s OK,” manager Andy Green said. “We’ll find out in time here. He seems in pretty good spirits right now. We’ll find out how severe or how mild it is pretty shortly.”

With no outs and a runner on first in the 10th, Padres pitcher Matt Wisler grabbed a bunted ball that came off the bat of the Nationals’ Victor Robles. Wisler threw to second in an attempt to get the forceout on Wilmer Difo. Tatis stretched for the ball and wound up doing the splits, with his back foot sliding off the base as he brought grabbed the ball.

Tatis stayed on the ground, flat on his stomach, as the trainers attended to him. He was able to get up under his own power but walked gingerly off the field.

“It was an unfortunate situation,” Padres third-baseman Manny Machado said. “Obviously when you see someone go down like that, you kind of think it’s pretty bad, but hopefully he’s all right and he’ll be healthy to continue doing what he’s been doing on this ballclub.”

If Tatis does wind up missing time, Manny Machado will likely move to shortstop, while Ty France would probably take over at third. But any potential moves are still precautionary at this point.

“Hamstrings are funny things,” Green said. “You never know. He might feel great tomorrow, it might take a long time. I’ve seen enough of them in time that you just don’t have an answer right after they happen. You’re hoping he’s ready to go sooner, rather than later.”

Tatis finished the game with a career-high three hits and his team-high sixth steal. He’s hitting .300 in his rookie campaign.


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