Padres outfielder Tommy Pham is in good condition and expected to make a full recovery after he was the victim of a stabbing on Sunday night in San Diego, the club and Pham said on Monday.
Pham was taken to UC San Diego Health, where he underwent surgery for a stab wound in the lower back. The incident remains under investigation as the San Diego Police Department looks for the suspects.
“I’d like to thank the incredible medical staff at UC San Diego Health for taking such great care of me last night," Pham said in a statement released by the Padres. "I truly appreciate the hard work of the [San Diego Police Department], as well, as they continue their search for the suspects. While it was a very traumatic and eye-opening experience for me, I’m on the road to recovery and I know I’ll be back to my offseason training routine in no time.”
The 32-year-old Pham just completed his first season in San Diego after being acquired from the Rays alongside Jake Cronenworth. Pham hit .211/.312/.312 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 31 regular-season games, missing a month because of a broken hamate bone in his left hand. He returned to play eight games down the stretch before hitting .375 in six postseason contests, including three multihit games.
The incident occurred Sunday night, shortly after 10:30 p.m. According to police, Pham asked two strangers who were arguing to move away from his car, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. No vital organs were hit in the stabbing, though Pham’s skin was pierced and he required stitches.
“We are aware of the incident last night involving Tommy Pham. He was treated at UC San Diego Health and is currently in good condition. He is expected to make a full recovery," the Padres said in a statement. "The San Diego Police Department is actively investigating the incident, and we will have no further comment at this time.”