Padres’ Tommy Pham needed emergency surgery after being stabbed

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham was stabbed on Sunday night in San Diego, California. He had to have emergency surgery following the stabbing.

According to San Diego Union Tribune’s Kevin Acee, no organs were damaged. However, Pham does have a laceration that in his lower back that went through three layers of skin.

San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham follows the flight of his three-run home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Wade Davis in the ninth inning
Tommy Pham follows the flight of his three-run home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Wade Davis in the ninth inning (Photo by the Associated Press/David Zalubowski)

He was reportedly leaving an establishment, according to Acee, when Pham saw an argument by his car. He allegedly asked those, who were having the argument, to leave his car when an altercation with the baseball player happened.

“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 completed his first season with the Padres in 2020. He joined the Padres after playing for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Tampa Bay Rays.

He was acquired by the Padres on December 6th, 2019 in a trade with the Rays. Besides Pham, the Padres also acquired Jake Cronenworth, while prospect Xavier Edwards, prospect Esteban Quiroz, and Hunter Renfroe.

“We are aware of the incident last night involving Tommy Pham,” the Padres said on Monday in a statement. “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.”

Pham had a .211 batting average with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 31 games this season with the Padres, according to Baseball Reference. He also had 23 hits and 13 runs in 109 at-bats, while also hitting two doubles.

He also had 27 strikeouts and walked 15 times.

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