Upon learning of Fernando Tatis Jr.'s season-ending suspension Friday afternoon, the Padres’ reactions ran the gamut, from disappointment to anger to acceptance. But the universal reaction was surprise.
“Everybody was stunned,” manager Bob Melvin said.
“It’s something we obviously didn’t expect,” said Wil Myers.
“Devastated,” said Manny Machado.
Quickly, another reality set in. Although the Padres heavily preferred to get Tatis, one of the most talented and dynamic players in baseball, back for the stretch run and beyond, they also realize they’ve gotten this far without him.