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Tommy Pham, outfielder for the San Diego Padres, is recovering after getting stabbed by a stranger over the weekend.
Pham, 32, was stabbed on Sunday night, the San Diego Police Department confirmed to Oxygen.com. He was leaving the Pacers Showgirls International Gentlemen's Club in the Midway area at around 10:30 p.m. when he noticed two strangers arguing near his vehicle, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports, citing witnesses. When he asked one of the people to move away from his car, he was stabbed, according to an unnamed source.
Police said that Pham suffered a "slash wound" that penetrated three layers of skin in his lower back; while the injury was not life-threatening, he did have to get stitches, the Union-Tribune reports.
The stab wound was 12 inches long and five inches wide, according to TMZ. A video published by the outlet shows a hectic public fight and Pham, who did not take part in any altercations, wearing a white T-shirt that's been stained with blood.
In a statement released by the Padres and obtained by the Union-Tribune, Pham thanked healthcare workers for treating his injury and authorities for working on the case.
“I’d like to thank the incredible medical staff at UC San Diego Health for taking such great care of me last night,” he said. “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.”
Police are currently investigating, but do not yet have a description of the suspects available, the Union-Tribune reports. Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to call the SDPD’s Western Division at (619) 692-4800 or share an anonymous tip by contacting Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
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