Padres’ Tatis (oblique) removed in sixth vs. Cubs

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CHICAGO — San Diego shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. left the Padres’ game Tuesday vs. the Cubs in Chicago with right oblique tightness, according to the team.

The Padres included in their announcement that the move was made for “precautionary reasons” after he went 0-3 on the night.

Tatis, 22, didn’t come out to play defense in the bottom of the sixth inning after hitting in the top half. The injury may have occurred during a double-play attempt in the fifth inning after a Kyle Hendricks sacrifice bunt.

Tatis missed time earlier this season with a shoulder ailment, and last month, he tested positive for COVID-19. When he returned from his COVID-19 pause, Tatis homered and went 4-for-4 in a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rockies May 19, concluding a series sweep. He had been out since May 11, prior to that game, while forced to isolate at home.

Entering play Tuesday, he was leading the National League in home runs, stolen bases, slugging percentage and OPS.

Ha-Seong Kim replaced Tatis in the lineup.

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