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San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. will start a rehab task this weekend in San Antonio with the membership’s Double-A affiliate as he nears a return from a wrist harm that has sidelined him for the complete 2022 season.
There may be nonetheless no agency timetable for his return.
“I do not suppose we now have a set quantity of at-bats,” Padres supervisor Bob Melvin said of the membership’s targets for Tatis’ task. “And likewise, you’d prefer to get a man again right here when he is swinging the bat fairly nicely too. We’re later within the season; this is not going to be a three-week course of to get him again right here, so we’ll simply take it daily and see the place he’s bodily and the way he is feeling on the plate.”
Tatis was the most effective gamers in MLB in 2021. He completed with 42 house runs, 25 steals and a .611 slugging proportion. The dynamic shortstop confirmed precisely why the Padres had been keen handy him a 14-year, $340 million extension
That made it all of the extra irritating when Tatis underwent surgery on his wrist within the offseason.
Padres common supervisor A.J. Preller made it clear when he supplied an replace in mid-June the 23-year-old was no nearer to returning.
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A.J. Preller mentioned Fernando Tatis Jr.’s imaging yesterday didn’t present sufficient therapeutic in his wrist for him to start swinging a bat. Preller mentioned the examination total was “constructive.” The Padres plan to take it week to week with Tatis’ timeline. No choice but on his subsequent wrist scan.
Regardless of lacking their finest participant, the Padres are 61-47 and on tempo to assert a wild-card berth within the Nationwide League.
Manny Machado has performed at an MVP-type degree, whereas Jake Cronenworth, Jurickson Profar and the remainder of the offense have carried out sufficient to make up for Tatis’ absence, with Juan Soto becoming a member of the membership from the Washington Nationals forward of the commerce deadline.
Nonetheless, there is a sense San Diego is treading water a bit till Tatis is lastly again within the lineup and that the staff’s World Sequence hopes relaxation on his contributions.