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Fernando Tatis Jr.

Padres star suffers injury setback

Fernando Tatis Jr. running

Feb 28, 2020; Peoria, Arizona, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr against the Chicago Cubs during a spring training game at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres will have to wait longer than initially expected for the return of shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.

Tatis has yet to play this season after suffering a fractured wrist during the offseason.

On Tuesday, Padres GM A.J. Preller told reporters that Tatis’ rehab process will be delayed. An MRI on Tatis’ wrist Monday did nott show enough healing for Tatis to get approval to begin swinging a bat and playing in rehab games.

“Another MRI scan continues to show healing, [but it] was not quite at the level for Dr. [Donald] Sheridan to give a full green light,” Preller said. “So we’re going to be in a spot where we progress week-to-week.

“This is all about the long term and a long relationship with Fernando and his career,” Preller continued. “We’re going to be more cautious, and this probably falls more in line with that.”

Dr. Sheridan performed the surgery to repair Tatis’ broken wrist on March 16.

San Diego has gotten off to a good start in Tatis’ absence. Entering Tuesday, the Padres were 38-24 and in a virtual tie with the Dodgers for the division lead. Still, the team entered Tuesday ranked 26th in MLB in home runs (47), 23rd in batting average (.235) and 25th in OPS (.672). They could use some help from Tatis, who originally was expected to return before the All-Star break.

An All-Star in 2021, Tatis hit .282 with a National League-leading 42 home runs, and had 97 RBI in 130 games. He finished third in National League MVP voting and won his second Silver Slugger Award.

Fernando Tatis Jr’s possible return date revealed

Fernando Tatis Jr. running

Feb 28, 2020; Peoria, Arizona, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr against the Chicago Cubs during a spring training game at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres have been surprisingly stellar in the opening stretch of the season, and they may have something to look forward to during the next stretch as well.

Jon Heyman of MLB Network appeared Thursday on 97.3 The Fan in San Diego. In the appearance, Heyman said that he is hearing injured Padres slugger Fernando Tatis Jr. could potentially make his return in late June.

Tatis, who led the National League in home runs in 2021, has not played all year due to a fractured left wrist suffered in the offseason. In his absence, the Padres have managed to go 24-14, firmly in the NL’s No. 1 Wild Card spot and just 1.5 games behind the powerhouse Los Angeles Dodgers.

The MLB All-Star break will be in mid-July. But it sounds like Tatis might return before then, even if his rehab has not always looked encouraging.

Padres may not love Fernando Tatis Jr.’s pregame rehab

Fernando Tatis Jr. running

Feb 28, 2020; Peoria, Arizona, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr against the Chicago Cubs during a spring training game at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Fernando Tatis Jr. is still weeks, if not months away from returning to action after an offseason injury to his left wrist. The San Diego Padres shortstop is still keeping active, though not necessarily in a way that will have fans feeling comfortable.

Tatis Jr. fractured a bone in his left wrist in what was believed to be an offseason motorcycle accident. The injury is expected to keep him out until at least midseason or so, but it does not preclude him from taking part in other activities, like soccer, for instance.

Tatis made soccer part of his pregame routine prior to Sunday’s game against Atlanta. Of course, the sight of the Padres shortstop slipping and falling probably isn’t one the team loves.

Tatis was fine there, and he landed on his uninjured right wrist. That’s still a bit of a heart-in-mouth moment if you like the Padres.

Tatis hit .282 in 2021, and led the National League with 42 home runs despite playing in only 130 games. The Padres need him back badly, so hopefully he can avoid more off-field accidents.

Fernando Tatis has shady response to question about motorcycle accident

Fernando Tatis Jr meets with reporters

The San Diego Padres announced on Monday that Fernando Tatis Jr. will miss up to three months due to a fractured wrist. There has been some speculation that the injury may be related to the motorcycle accident Tatis was involved in a few months ago, and the star shortstop had an interesting response when asked about that.

In December, Tatis got into what was described as a minor motorcycle accident in his native Dominican Republic. An initial report out of the country said he was taken to a local medical facility for treatment. However, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune was told Tatis suffered only minor scrapes.

Padres general manager A.J. Preller said Monday that Tatis suffered the wrist injury during the offseason, but he did not share any details. According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, some people who are close to the situation wonder if Tatis fractured his wrist in the motorcycle accident.

Tatis was asked about that by reporters. He said there were “a couple incidents” during the offseason that could have led to the injury. He also indicated he had multiple falls off his motorcycle.

“I had one more fall but it was nothing crazy,” Tatis said. “It was something like just small pain that goes away when you’re doing normal activities. When you kind of ramp it up and push it out there, that’s where it got me.”

Tatis was then asked when the accident was, and he replied, “Which one?” He smirked and said it happened “when the reporters were reporting it.”

Something doesn’t seem right. It’s also worth noting that Tatis’ father Fernando Tatis Sr. got very defensive about the original report that his son needed to be treated at a medical center. Unless Tatis was trying to hide something, why would his father care?

Whatever the case, Tatis probably should not be riding a motorcycle. The 23-year-old has dealt with numerous injuries during his career. He might want to play it as safe as possible going forward.

Fernando Tatis Jr. out possibly 3 months with fractured wrist

Fernando Tatis Jr

Fernando Tatis Jr.’s 2022 MLB season is getting off to a bad start.

San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller said on Monday that Tatis is out up to three months due to a fractured wrist. The injury was suffered during the offseason.

This is unfortunate for Tatis, the Padres, and baseball fans. Sadly, it’s all too familiar territory for the 23-year-old.

Tatis has dealt with significant injuries in four of the last five seasons.

Tatis hit .282 with 42 home runs, 25 stolen bases and a .975 OPS last season. He has finished in the top four in NL MVP voting two straight seasons.

Photo: Feb 28, 2020; Peoria, Arizona, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr against the Chicago Cubs during a spring training game at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Fernando Tatis Jr. being recruited by foreign team amid MLB cancellation news

Fernando Tatis Jr

Fernando Tatis Jr. may not have trouble finding work during the current MLB stoppage.

The San Diego Padres phenom got recruited by Mexican professional baseball team Toros de Tijuana in a tweet on Tuesday.

Tatis seemed to be pretty open to their recruiting efforts and replied back with a few emojis.

The exchange comes in the wake of the news that Major League Baseball is cancelling regular season games after failing to reach an agreement with the MLBPA on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

As far as job opportunities go, the Toros’ offer has to be a pretty intriguing one for the All-Star shortstop Tatis. He has already played overseas in the Winter League before, and Tijuana is just a quick border crossing away from San Diego (only about 20 miles). It definitely looks like Tatis is in much better shape than this fellow MLB slugger searching for a new gig.

Photo: Feb 28, 2020; Peoria, Arizona, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr against the Chicago Cubs during a spring training game at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Fernando Tatis Jr. has bold prediction for where MLB salaries are headed

Fernando Tatis Jr

Fernando Tatis Jr. thinks that MLB teams are soon going to need the Brink’s truck for their biggest stars.

The San Diego Padres All-Star spoke with reporters in his native Dominican Republic this week and gave a bold prediction for how much money two of the game’s top players are eventually going to get.

“I think that both Juan Soto and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will sign contracts over $400 million,” said Tatis, per MLB insider Hector Gomez. “Those two guys’ bats are setting the tone for the major leagues right now.”

For reference, Tatis himself got a 14-year, $340 million contract extension from the Padres before the 2021 season. The current record for the largest extension in MLB history is Mookie Betts’ 12 years and $365 million from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels has the record for the largest total contract at 12 years and $426.5 million.

The 23-year-old Soto, an All-Star and ex-batting champion, is under team control through 2024. The 22-year-old Guerrero, the MLB home run leader and AL MVP runner-up for this past season, is under team control through 2025. They can agree to an extension with their respective teams before that though, as we saw with Tatis, who got his after just two years of service time.

There have been some slightly more reserved estimates of how much money Soto and Guerrero could get. But Tatis clearly thinks that the bank will be broken for his two fellow Dominican phenoms.

Photo: Feb 28, 2020; Peoria, Arizona, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr against the Chicago Cubs during a spring training game at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Fernando Tatis Jr. was involved in motorcycle accident in Dominican Republic

Fernando Tatis Jr

Fernando Tatis Jr. has escaped with only minor injuries after an accident this week in his native Dominican Republic.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Tatis Jr. was involved in a minor accident on Sunday and suffered only minor scrapes. Acee adds that the Padres star was doing normal activities as of Tuesday, citing people familiar with the All-Star slugger’s status.

An initial report out of the Dominican Republic stated that a motorcycle was involved in the accident, which occurred in the city of Higuey, and that Tatis was taken to a nearby medical center for treatment.

The 22-year-old Tatis is one of the brightest young stars in baseball. He hit an NL-leading 42 home runs last season to go along with 97 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. Tatis also finished third in NL MVP voting and won a Silver Slugger Award. It was his first season of a 14-year, $340 million contract.

Additionally, Tatis dealt with a nagging injury issue last season that briefly caused him to change positions.

Photo: Feb 28, 2020; Peoria, Arizona, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr against the Chicago Cubs during a spring training game at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Watch: Fernando Tatis runs Padres out of inning with blunder

Fernando Tatis Jr. error

Fernando Tatis Jr. is often praised for the energy and excitement he brings to MLB. But on Friday, the excitement factor he brings to the table backfired.

The San Diego Padres had runners on first and second with two outs and Eric Hosmer at the plate against the San Francisco Giants in the top of the sixth. Tatis was on second and Jake Cronenworth was on first as they were losing 2-0.

Hosmer also delivered an infield single. But Tatis Jr. ran them out of what should have been a bases loaded situation when he tried to head home and score after the ball hit third base and popped up.

Tatis completely misjudged the situation and was easily tagged out for the final out of the inning. Wil Myers would have been up next.

You look at the Padres’ roster and see all their talented players and wonder how they’re not in the playoffs. Then you see plays like that and realize maybe there’s more to the picture.

Max Muncy had amazing reaction to Fernando Tatis Jr.’s huge home run

Max Muncy reaction

Fernando Tatis Jr. joined some elite company on Thursday when he hit a ball out of Dodger Stadium. He also left one of his opponents completely impressed.

Tatis was batting in the top of the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a runner on second and his team down 4-1. He blasted a hanging breaking ball from Tony Gonsolin to deep left field. The ball traveled out of the stadium, which is a rare feat.

That was incredible. Keep in mind that only four others have hit a ball out of Dodger Stadium during a game: Mike Piazza, Willie Stargell, Mark McGwire and Giancarlo Stanton.

Max Muncy’s reaction said it all.

How could you not be impressed?

The Dodgers won the game 8-3, so they’ll trade the embarrassment of the huge homer for the victory. But that sure was some blast by Tatis.