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Padres Debating Next Steps for Fernando Tatis Jr.'s Injury Rehab

Larry Rupp
The San Diego Padres are debating the next steps for Fernando Tatis Jr.'s injury rehab.
The San Diego Padres are debating the next steps for Fernando Tatis Jr.'s injury rehab. / AP Photos/Lynne Sladky

San Diego Padres fans are anxiously awaiting the return of shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. from a nasty wrist injury. Reports claim it could come before August, but the team is taking extreme caution. The next steps in the 23-year-old's rehab continue to be debated among doctors and training staffs.

Fernando Tatis Jr. Injury Update

Tatis seems to on the verge of beginning a hitting progression. It would start with him hitting against air before advancing to facing pitchers and would obviously be a massive step in his recovery. This stems from the Padres' latest visit with the surgeon that performed Tatis' wrist surgery in March.

"I know he’s going a little bit stir crazy without the at-bats, and he’s looking forward to getting a bat in his hand.”

Manager Bob Melvin via San Diego Tribune

The last thing San Diego wants to see happen is Tatis be rushed back too soon, though. His eventual minor league rehab assignment will likely last a few weeks as he adjusts to playing the game again. The two-time Silver Slugger has been taking grounders and fly balls for more than a month now.

Tatis may act as a utility player upon his MLB return, seeing playing time at shortstop, in the outfield, and as the designated hitter. He'll be a welcome addition to a lineup currently averaging 4.37 runs per game (No. 15 in MLB). Tatis owns a career slash line of .292/.369/.596 across 273 games.

For now, the Padres hold onto the second NL Wild Card spot with a 50-40 record and have odds set at +1800 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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