SAN DIEGO -- Two of the Padres' top prospects -- outfielders Donavan Tate and Everett Williams -- were injured Tuesday when they collided in a game while playing for Class A Fort Wayne. Randy Smith, the Padres' director of player development, said in an email that Tate and Williams were "banged up a bit but there was no structural damage." Tate, the third overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, is likely headed to the disabled list and could miss 7-10 days with a sore left knee.
Williams, a second-round pick in 2009, will likely miss between three and five games with a sore right knee. "Both guys were playing really well," Smith said. "... Unfortunate, but lucky it was not worse." Tate was hitting .316 in the first six games of the season for the TinCaps with two doubles and two RBIs. Williams was hitting .300 with three stolen bases.