First-round pick Tate has abdominal strain …

SAN DIEGO – First-round pick, Donavan Tate, who Monday agreed to a $6.25 million signing bonus, will have his professional career delayed by an abdominal strain.

Grady Fuson, the Padres vice president of player development and scouting, said Tate first complained about a pain in his side on Thursday.

“If it’s not better my Monday, he could return to San Diego for tests,” Fuson said after the Padres lost to the Cardinals, 7-0, at PETCO Park.

Tate was at the Padres Spring Training facility in Peoria, Ariz., in preparation for making his professional debut with the Padres team in the Arizona League.

Tate, who the Padres selected with the third overall pick in the June Draft, signed with the team on Monday, just before the deadline for players selected in the First-Year Player Draft to do so.

The $6.25 million signing bonus was the highest in franchise history for a drafted player.

Corey Brock, MLB.com

1 Comment

OMG – The ink is not dry and we have him as a DL candidate already! Good grief, teach these kids how to stretch.

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