Padres' Tommy Pham has surgery after 'traumatic' stabbing in San Diego

San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham is recovering after he was stabbed in the back on Sunday night. Pham was stabbed shortly after 10.30pm, a police spokesperson told the San Diego Union-Tribune. Pham apparently didn’t know the attackers, who remain at large.

Two people who said they spoke with Pham told the Union-Tribune that Pham was leaving a club and saw an argument taking place near his car. Pham was apparently attacked after asking the people to move.

“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. “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 was stabbed in the lower back and the wound pierced his skin but didn’t damage any organs, according to a statement from the Padres. The team said he was in good condition and is expected to fully recover.

Pham, 32, was traded to the Padres last year after six seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays and St. Louis Cardinals. He hit .211 this year with three home runs, 12 RBIs and six stolen bases in 31 games, then batted .375 (9 for 24) in six postseason games before San Diego were eliminated by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.