Fernando Tatis Jr.  of Padres to start rehab project;  will see motion at shortstop and heart area

Fernando Tatis Jr. of Padres to start rehab project; will see motion at shortstop and heart area

Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. is scheduled to start a rehab project this weekend with San Diego’s Double-A affiliate. manager Bob Melvin said Friday. Tatis took half in batting apply with the Padres earlier than their sport Friday night time earlier than leaving to affix the San Antonio Missions.

Tatis, 23, has not performed this season after present process surgical procedure in March to restore a damaged wrist. His authentic schedule had him out for as much as three months, or till June. Main League Baseball guidelines dictate {that a} place participant can spend as much as 20 days on a rehab project, which means Tatis should make his season debut earlier than the calendar turns to September.

“I do not assume we’ve got a set quantity of at-bats,” Melvin stated of Tatis’ rehab schedule. “And in addition, you’d need to get a man again right here when he is swinging the bat very well. We’re later within the season; it is not going to be a three-week course of to get him again right here, so we’ll simply take him daily and I will see the place he’s bodily and the way he feels on the plate.”

Tatis is predicted to see motion at designated hitter and at his ordinary place, shortstop, in addition to in heart area. He made 24 plate appearances final season, and the Padres need him to stay partially versatile to allow them to proceed to play with infielder Ha-Seong Kim. The sure-handed Kim has loved an impressive season in Tatis’ absence, even outscoring heart fielder Trent Grisham by greater than 40 OPS factors.

In fact, wherever Tatis performs, he’ll be getting into a new-look Padres lineup after every week of trades that noticed them add outfielder Juan Soto, first baseman Josh Bell and infielder Brandon Drury.

When wholesome, Tatis has been top-of-the-line gamers within the majors. In 273 profession video games, he has hit .292/.369/.596 (160 OPS+) with 81 dwelling runs and 52 stolen bases. His contributions have been price about 13.6 wins above alternative, in accordance with Baseball Reference calculations.

The Padres enter Saturday’s sport with a 61-48 file, placing them 13 1/2 video games behind their arch-rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, within the Nationwide League West. The Padres are additionally 1 ½ video games again of the Atlanta Braves for the highest NL wild card spot.

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