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Thursday, July 7, 2022

Parents Report Tatis Jr. Still Unable to Hit

SAN DIEGO ( Associated Press) – Fernando Tatis Jr.’s surgically repaired left wrist has not progressed to the point where the prolific All-Star can begin hitting shortstop, general manager AJ Preller said Tuesday.

The Dominican had a follow-up session in Arizona on Monday with Dr. Donald Sheridan, who operated on his fractured wrist in mid-March.

MRIs “continue to show recovery,” but not enough to “give the green light” to the doctor, Preller said.

The shortstop, who was signed for $340 million and spent 14 years ahead of the 2021 season, has been involved in a variety of activities, including catching balls off the ground, throwing and running. Hitting will be the last step in his comeback.

“Absolute yes, to start hitting, to play the rehab game, it’s going to be a week-to-week decision from now on,” Preller said.

Otherwise, the doctor felt that Tatis’ strength and range of motion were positive, Preller said.

Tatis, 23, was reportedly injured in a motorcycle accident before the season in his native Dominican Republic. Although social media posts from the time showed Tatis with his arm bandaged, the extent of the injury was not known until he reported spring training.

The Padres are virtually tied with their rival Los Angeles Dodgers for the NAL West even without Tatis, which brings confidence at plate and on the field.

Slugger Manny Machado is gearing up for the start of an MVP contender for the season, and the Padres have a strong rotation led by Joe Musgrove, who leads the majors with a 1.50 ERA. Kim Ha-seong, who signed with the Padres before last season from South Korea’s KBO League, has lightened the shortstop load.

Tatis finished third in NL MVP voting last season with a .282 batting average, 42 home runs, 77 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in 130 games. He sat out for a while with problems with his left shoulder, which caused the Padres to put him in the outfield for a few games as a precaution.

Preller assures that Tatis Jr. maintains his “good spirits”, although he is desperate to return to the field.

“He understands what it is best to do in the long run,” said the general manager.

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