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Padres Fans Get Big Fernando Tatis Jr. Injury Update

Larry Rupp
San Diego Padres fans got a big injury update on Fernando Tatis Jr.
San Diego Padres fans got a big injury update on Fernando Tatis Jr. / AP Photos/Nick Wass

The San Diego Padres are well positioned for a playoff spot approaching the All-Star break despite not having star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. available to play. A MLB return is nearing closer, though, as his latest injury update confirms that he is ready to take the next step with a hitting progression.

Fernando Tatis Jr. Injury Update

This was rumored to be coming over the last few days and now Padres GM AJ Preller has confirmed the news, according to 97.3 The Fan. Tatis can start hitting against air before eventually moving on to face live pitching. This process is expected to last a few weeks as his swing volume continually rises.

The 23-year-old has already been fielding grounders and shagging fly balls for over a month. Working on his mechanics at the plate is the next step before live game action is necessary. A long rehab assignment in the minor leagues is going to be needed for Tatis to prove his wrist is not an issue.

Tatis could 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 played.

Keep an eye out for any further updates on Tatis' status before the end of July. For now, the Padres hold onto the second NL Wild Card spot with a 50-41 record and are tied for the sixth-best odds to win the World Series at +2500, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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