Fernando Tatis Jr. and Wil Myers tested positive for COVID-19, while three other Padres won’t be available due to contact tracing, Padre manager Jayce Tingler said Tuesday.
The Padres knew about Tatis, Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo before the game, but had to pull Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers during their 8-1 win over the Colorado Rockies Tuesday.
“Naturally, you’re punched in the stomach a little bit,” Tingler said. “You first of all, you want to make sure you know, certainly for Tatis in this situation, is he feeling OK? And it was good to kind of see him over FaceTime, and you know, he’s feeling well.”
The team placed Tatis, Mateo and Profar on the injured list before the game. Myers left the game in the third, while Hosmer departed in the seventh.
Hosmer, Mateo and Profar have not tested positive, but must abide by contact tracing protocols due to interacting with those who have COVID-19. Myers, like Tatis, according to 97.3 The Fan, is asymptomatic.
Tingler said “we had a lot of hectic things going on, had a short bench” during the game, but credited his team for dealing with the commotion. He did not know if his roster would take further hits from positive tests.
“You know, we’ll kind of wait and see, but, you know, hopefully that’s it with all the tests coming back,” he said.
The Padres face an immediate challenge Wednesday as they must play a doubleheader – a makeup for Monday’s postponed game – without three mainstays, Tatis, Myers and Hosmer.
Ha-Seong Kim took Tatis’ place in Tuesday’s game while Tommy Pham got a start in left for Profar. Jake Cronenworth stepped in for Hosmer, as Tucupita Marcano and John Andreoli – newly with the club due to the IL moves – played second base and right field.
The team also called up pitcher Nabil Crismatt.
The COVID results overshadowed an outstanding night for Manny Machado, whose bases-clearing triple powered the Padres’ six-run sixth inning. He also hit a two-run homer.
Yu Darvish and Blake Snell will take the mound during Wednesday’s twin bill. The first game starts at 12:10 p.m. They face Jon Gray and Austin Gomber.