Padres star Tatis has shoulder problem, to be re-evaluated

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San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., center, leaves the field following an injury in the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday, March 23, 2021, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The flash and dash of Fernando Tatis Jr. came to a sudden halt Tuesday when the star San Diego Padres shortstop slowly walked off the field after making an awkward throw in an exhibition game.

The Padres said Tatis had discomfort in his non-throwing left shoulder and would be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

Tatis went into the hole to backhand a grounder in the third inning hit by Cincinnati's Jonathan India in Peoria, Arizona. Tatis' throwing motion seemed off, even though he got the out.

The 22-year-old Tatis began to leave the diamond and was met by manager Jayce Tingler and a trainer. After a few minutes in the dugout, Tatis headed toward the clubhouse accompanied by a trainer.

Tatis signed the longest contract in baseball history on Feb. 22, a $340 million, 14-year deal.

It hasn't been a smooth spring for Tatis. He missed time with flu-like symptoms and then jarred himself after diving headfirst into home on a flyball to shallow left field in a game on March 13.

Tatis had singled against the Reds, raising his spring average to .391.

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