WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 28: San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (23) sets up to throw during the game between the San Diego Padres and the Washington Nationals on April 28, 2019, at Nationals Park, in Washington D.C. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire)

The Padres are going to be without their star rookie shortstop, and there’s no timetable for his return.

Padres top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr., 20, was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a left hamstring strain after he stretched for a ball and wound up doing the splits during a play Sunday against the Nationals.

An MRI revealed no structural damage to the leg, but manager Andy Green said the rising talent would miss “a number of weeks, adding “exactly how many weeks depends on how he responds.

“We care a lot about him, we think a lot of him, we love the way he’s started his big league career,” Green continued. “We’re going to take care of him. We’re going to put him in the position where he has his best shot at health for a long period of time.

“Obviously, as an organization, he means a lot to us,” Green added. “He means a lot to our future. We’re not going to be cautious just to be cautious. We’re going to make sure he’s ready to take every step. Hopefully, he’s back relatively quickly.”

Tatis was off to a tremendous start for the Padres. Along with his pro infield work, he was hitting .300/.360/.550 with six homers and has been a good part of San Diego’s hot start this season.

“He’s been our offensive catalyst, probably our most consistent performer from the first day to the day he got hurt,” Green said. “Defensively, he’s locked down a tough position to play. … He’s been right in the middle of a whole lot of [wins].”

With Tatis out, the Padres will move Manny Machado to shortstop. Machado has plenty of experience at short, having played there last season with the Orioles and Dodgers. Recent callup Ty France will man third base for the Padres, and for the time being Greg Garcia and Ian Kinsler will split time on second.

The Padres promoted righty reliever Phil Maton in Tatis’ place on Tuesday, and Cal Quantrill will be added to the big league roster on Wednesday as part of a temporary six-man rotation.

–Staff

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