Injuries & Moves: Alfaro exits with knee soreness 

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Aug. 8: C Jorge Alfaro battling knee soreness
In the seventh inning of the Padres' 1-0 loss to the Giants on Monday night, Alfaro began limping behind home plate, favoring his right knee. He was evaluated by a team trainer and remained in the game temporarily, but he was removed an inning later with what manager Bob Melvin said was right knee soreness -- an issue Alfaro also dealt with in late June.

"Just some soreness there," Melvin said. "We were pretty careful with it. We didn't want him to go back out there and potentially reinjure it. Hopefully, it's nothing serious. We'll see tomorrow."

After the game, Alfaro was optimistic, saying only, "I'll be good."

Aug. 7: SS Fernando Tatis Jr. plays shortstop in rehab game
Tatis began his rehab stint on Saturday with Double-A San Antonio, going 0-for-2 with a pair of walks as the designated hitter. On Sunday, he saw action at shortstop for the first time, playing five scheduled innings there, while going 0-for-3 at the plate.

The Padres have been hesitant to put a timetable on Tatis’ return, and they’re understandably proceeding with caution. Tatis has yet to play a game this season after he underwent surgery to repair a fracture in the scaphoid bone in his left wrist on March 16.

“The part that you worry about is that there was no Spring Training and there was no lead-up to this," Melvin said. "There was really nothing he could do, other than condition his legs and his arm, so we'll see how it goes.”

That said, Melvin came as close as he’s come to offering a timeline for Tatis’ return, noting that the club is expecting a “mid-August-ish” return. Vague -- and purposely so. Melvin wouldn’t get much more specific than that. Needless to say, the Padres could sure use Tatis’ bat in their lineup.

“We want him here for as long as we possibly can, because he has a huge impact, and he's one of the premier players in the game,” Melvin said. “We'll monitor him day-to-day, see how he feels."

INJURY UPDATES

10-day and 15-day injured lists

RHP Craig Stammen (right shoulder inflammation)
Expected return: September
Stammen has begun throwing and is playing catch at 90 feet. He says his shoulder already feels much better than it had during his final few outings, though the Padres aren't going to rush him back to action. It's unclear when Stammen might return to the mound and begin throwing bullpen sessions, but the team is hopeful to have him available for the stretch run. (Last updated: Aug. 8)

60-day IL

LHP Drew Pomeranz (flexor tendon surgery)
Expected return: August
Pomeranz pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts in his first rehab outing at the Arizona Complex League on Aug. 5. That rehab stint will transition to Single-A Lake Elsinore, where he's slated to pitch an inning on Aug. 9. Pomeranz, who could prove to be a key piece in the Padres' bullpen down the stretch, would likely require a somewhat lengthy rehab stint, considering he hasn't pitched in almost 12 months. (Last updated: Aug. 8)

RHP Pierce Johnson (right elbow tendinitis)
Expected return: September
Johnson, one of the more valuable setup weapons in the San Diego bullpen, landed on the IL in late April with right elbow tendinitis. He returned to the mound and threw a handful of light bullpen sessions before the Padres eased back his progression in early August, as he dealt with some lingering soreness. The team is hopeful Johnson can ramp up in mid-to-late August and be ready for the stretch run. (Last updated: Aug. 8)

SS Fernando Tatis Jr. (left wrist fracture)
Expected return: Mid-August
Tatis, who underwent surgery to repair the scaphoid bone in his left wrist on March 16, began a rehab stint with Double-A San Antonio on Aug. 6. He was cleared to begin swinging in mid-July and has moved relatively quickly through that progression. On Aug. 5, he faced live pitching at Dodger Stadium before leaving for his rehab stint. The Padres have been hesitant to put a specific timetable on Tatis' return, with manager Bob Melvin saying, “We’re going to take that day-to-day. He didn’t have a spring, hasn’t played in the field yet. So we’ll monitor him as we go along.” (Last updated: Aug. 6)

RHP Austin Adams (flexor tendon surgery)
Expected return: 2023
Adams experienced tightness in his right forearm on April 12 and was diagnosed with a right forearm strain. He underwent flexor tendon surgery on Aug. 6, effectively ending his 2022 season after just two appearances. (Last updated: Aug. 6)

OF Matt Beaty (left shoulder impingement)
Expected return:
Second half
Beaty injured his shoulder while making a diving attempt at a fly ball in a game against the Marlins on May 7, then he aggravated the injury during his first rehab assignment, a setback that kept him off the field for a month and a half. After he'd been rehabbing his shoulder at the team's complex in Arizona, Beaty began another rehab assignment on July 4 in the Arizona Complex League and was moved up to Triple-A El Paso on July 8. (Last updated: July 8)