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Padres Playing With Fire Around Fernando Tatis Jr.'s Health

Adam Taylor McKillop
The San Diego Padres continue playing with fire around Fernando Tatis Jr.'s health.
The San Diego Padres continue playing with fire around Fernando Tatis Jr.'s health. / D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

The MLB is full of young stars and none may shine as bright as Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres. Unfortunately, his brief three-year career has already been plagued by injuries including a wrist ailment that landed him on the 60-day Injured List to start 2022.

The latest issue with his wrist was the most confounding, as reports suggest this happened through an offseason motorcycle injury.

Tatis is a rare talent, possessing a valued combination of speed, power, hitting for average, range and arm strength. The Padres, however, haven't been able to grasp how exactly to treat their injury prone superstar.

A video recently showed Tatis Jr. playing soccer on the field during pregame warmups ahead of San Diego's Sunday Night Baseball clash with the Atlanta Braves. Making matters worse, the All-Star shortstop actually tripped and fell over the ball - all while recovering from his recent wrist surgery.

This is all for a player earning $24.3 million per year up until the 2034 season. His backloaded contract even increases to $36 million per year from 2029-34. And, in three years, he's never played more than 130 games after six separate trips to the IL.

Luckily, Tatis walked away from this pregame soccer wipeout with a clean bill of health. But, the Padres cannot keep playing with fire with the face of their franchise.

The two-time Silver Slugger is expected to return to the lineup around the midseason point in mid-to-late June. Until then, San Diego is missing a player that averages a .292/.369/.596 slash line with 48 home runs and 116 RBIs across 162 games.

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