SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Prior to the start of their series in Colorado, San Diego Padres manager Jayce Tingler announced star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. has tested positive for COVID-19. Then just hours later when the first game ended, Tingler announced Wil Myers is also out for the time being with a COVID-19 positive test result.
Tatis was placed on the injured list following the positive test. The team's star shortstop was not experiencing any symptoms and is feeling well, Tingler added.
"From the last time we spoke and checking in with the trainers as well, the good news is he’s not showing any symptoms but mentally he’s crushed. He wants to be here with the guys, he wants to play," said Tingler.
Myers is also asymptomatic. He started Tuesday night's game but was removed
In addition to the two players out because of positive tests, Eric Hosmer, Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo have also been placed on the injured list as close contacts due to “health and safety protocols."
Tingler was not able to disclose if any of the impacted players have been vaccinated. He did say that the team is a few guys short of reaching 85% of them vaccinated.
The three close contacts will be out for seven days. The two players who tested positive are expected to be out for ten days.
Following the first announcement, the Padres recalled INF/OF Tucupita Marcano and RHP Nabil Crismatt from Triple-A El Paso and selected OF John Andreoli to the Major League roster.