Padres outfielder Tommy Pham in ‘good condition’ after stabbing in Midway District

Padres left fielder Tommy Pham is shown in a September game.
Padres left fielder Tommy Pham tosses his bat after walking during a game last month.
(Denis Poroy / AP)

Padres outfielder Tommy Pham is in good condition following surgery for a stab wound in his lower back suffered in an altercation the night of Oct. 11 outside a Midway District strip club, the team and Pham said the next day.

San Diego police said Pham was stabbed at about 10:35 p.m. outside Pacers Showgirls International on Midway Drive west of Rosecrans Street.

According to two people who spoke with Pham, he 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, whom 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.

“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.”

Lt. Shawn Takeuchi, a San Diego police spokesman, said no description of a suspect was available and that “it does not appear Mr. Pham knew the suspects.”

Takeuchi said detectives are investigating and seeking surveillance video from Pacers and other nearby businesses.

“We are aware of the incident last night involving Tommy Pham,” the Padres said in a statement Oct. 12. “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.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Police Department’s Western Division at (619) 692-4800 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

— San Diego Union-Tribune staff writer Alex Riggins contributed to this report.


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