San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham was stabbed in the lower back during an altercation in San Diego on Sunday night and underwent surgery, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Kevin Agee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Pham was leaving a strip club, and “came upon an argument occurring near his car.” Pham allegedly was attacked “after asking the people involved in the argument, who he did not know, to get away from his car.”
Pham received stitches to close what police described as a “slash wound,” with no organs damaged.
According to two people who spoke with Pham, the incident happened when Pham was leaving the club and came upon an argument occurring near his car. According to one of the people, Pham was attacked after asking the people involved in the argument, who he did not know, to get away from his car.
Police described the injury as a “slash wound” that was not life threatening. No organs were damaged, and Pham received stitches to close the wound that pierced all three layers of skin.
The Padres announced that Pham “is in good condition” and “is expected to make a full recovery.”
“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 San Diego Police Department is actively investigating the incident and we will have no further comment at this time.”
And the Padres released a statement from Pham:
“I’d like to thank the incredible medical staff at UC San Diego Health for taking such great care of me last night. 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.”
Pham, 32, had a .211/.312/.312 slash line for the Padres this season, and went 9-for-25 with two walks for San Diego in the postseason.
From 2017-19 (2017-18 with the St. Louis Cardinals, 2018-19 with the Tampa Bay Rays), Pham averaged 4.5 WAR according to FanGraphs. He’s been a very good hitter in his career, with a slash line of .273/.369/.463.
The Padres acquired Pham in a December 2019 trade with the Rays.
UPDATE: San Diego detectives say that Pham’s stab wound was 12 inches long and five inches wide, according to NBC 7 San Diego’s Omari Fleming.
Stab wound was 12 inches long and 5 inches wide say detectives. https://t.co/23N9NkdOUw
— Omari Fleming (@OmariNBCSD) October 13, 2020