San Diego Padres SS Fernando Tatis Jr.’s wrist heals, but he’s still not cleared to swing a bat
SAN DIEGO — Fernando Tatis Jr.’s surgically repaired left wrist hasn’t progressed to the point where the electrifying All-Star shortstop can start swinging a bat, general manager AJ Preller said Tuesday.
Tatis had a three-month follow-up exam in Arizona on Monday with Dr. Donald Sheridan, who operated on her broken wrist in mid-March.
The MRI scan “continues to show healing,” but not enough for the doctor to “give a full green light,” Preller said.
The shortstop, who signed a 14-year, $340 million contract ahead of the 2021 season, has performed a number of activities including taking ground balls, throwing and running. Swinging a bat will begin the last big stage of his comeback.
“The full hit, start swinging the bat, playing in rehab games, it’s going to be more of a week-to-week decision here going forward,” Preller said.
Otherwise, the doctor was happy with Tatis’ strength and range of motion, Preller said.
Tatis, 23, was reportedly injured in an off-season motorcycle accident in his native Dominican Republic. Although there were social media posts at the time that showed Tatis’ wrist being wrapped, the extent of the injury was not known until he showed up at training. spring.
The Padres have tied a virtual tie with rival Los Angeles Dodgers atop the NL West without Tatis, who brings swagger both at home plate and on the field.
Slugger Manny Machado has had an MVP-caliber start to the season, and the Padres have a strong rotation topped by local product Joe Musgrove, who leads the majors with a 1.50 ERA. Kim Ha-seong, who signed with the Padres before last season in South Korea’s KBO League, made the bulk of the shortstop starts.
Tatis finished third in voting for NL MVP last season after hitting .282 with 42 homers, 97 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in 130 games. He missed time with a troublesome left shoulder that led to the Padres playing him in the outfield for several games as a precaution.
Son of the former big league infielder, Tatis made his big league debut in 2019.
“We said it from the start, it’s all about the long term and a long relationship with Fernando and his career,” Preller said. “We’re going to be very careful. … I think we’ll continue to get good news and progress over the next two weeks. He’s made a lot of progress.”
Preller said Tatis was “in good spirits” even though he was looking forward to getting back on the pitch.
“He understands that this is about what’s best for him in the long run,” the general manager said.