San Diego, CA – San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham was viciously slashed outside a strip club in San Diego last Sunday.
The incident occurred at about 10:35 p.m. on Oct. 11 in the parking lot of Pacers Showgirls International in the Midway District, TMZ reported.
Police said Pham stepped out of the strip club with friends and found people he didn’t know arguing next to his vehicle.
Witnesses said Pham confronted the people and asked them to get away from his car, TMZ reported.
The police report said that was when the people – whom Pham did not know – suddenly attacked the Major League Baseball (MLB) player.
Pham was traded to the Padres by Tampa less than a year ago.
The attackers slashed the outfielder across his lower back, TMZ reported.
A cell phone video posted to social media showed the fight that ensued after Pham was attacked, but it didn’t show the actual stabbing of the baseball player.
In the video, Pham wandered around the periphery of the fight in red sweatpants and a white t-shirt with a huge blood stain across the lower back.
He was transported from the strip club to University of California San Diego Health for treatment.
Pham’s wound was 12 inches long and five inches wide, TMZ reported.
Police said no organs were damaged in the knife attack and the baseball players was lucky not to have sustained a catastrophic injury as a result of it.
Doctors used stitches to close the wound that had torn through three layers of skin, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
“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 Monday. “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.”
No arrests have been made but police are reviewing security video footage of the parking lot for suspects, TMZ reported.
“We are aware of the incident last night involving Tommy Pham,” the San Diego Padres said in a statement to the media on Monday. “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 has played professional baseball for seven years and made 82 home runs and stolen 75 bases during his career, according to TMZ.
He has earned $9.2 million in salary during his baseball career.