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Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. to begin rehab assignment

by Associated Press | August 6, 2022 at 12:59 a.m.
Fernando Tatis Jr. smiles in the Padres dugout during a game last month against the Tigers in Detroit. (Associated Press)

LOS ANGELES -- Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A San Antonio either today or Sunday, San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin said.

Tatis took batting practice with the Padres at Dodger Stadium on Friday afternoon and then left for Texas. Tatis has been sidelined since having surgery in mid-March on his fractured left wrist, reportedly suffered in an offseason motorcycle accident in his native Dominican Republic.

Although there’s no timetable for his return, starting the rehab assignment is a big step for Tatis and the Padres.

“He didn’t have a spring and hasn’t played in the field yet, so we’ll monitor as we go along,” Melvin said.

Tatis will play shortstop, center field and spend time as the designated hitter.

When Tatis returns, he’ll be in a new-look lineup with newly acquired superstar Juan Soto, Josh Bell and Brandon Drury, all obtained before Tuesday’s trade deadline. San Diego also landed All-Star closer Josh Hader.

Tatis was an All-Star in 2021 and finished third in voting for N.L. MVP. He batted .282 with an N.L.-leading 42 home runs and 97 RBI.

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