Fernando Tatis Jr. Injury Update: Star Padres still can’t bat and has no return date

Fernando Tatis Jr. Injury Update: Star Padres still can't bat and has no return date

At the age of 22, Padres standout Fernando Tatis, Jr. placed third in NL MVP voting last season, but he has yet to play this season due to a fractured wrist suffered in the winter.

The Padres announced some terrible news on Tuesday, albeit it isn’t a tragedy or anything that drastic. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Tatis had a CT scan on his wrist, which “did not reflect the kind of recuperation the Padres hoped for.”

The timing for Tatis’ return has ranged from early June (the optimistic estimate during spring training) through the All-Star break. Last month, reports suggested that Tatis could return in late June, but he has yet to go on a rehab assignment.

As a result, whatever timeline the Padres had in mind for Tatis will need to be pushed back.

On the bright side, the Padres have played really well without Tatis. They enter play Tuesday 38-24, good for a virtual tie atop the NL West with the Dodgers. If they did get back a fully functional Tatis sometime in July, it’ll virtually be like trading nothing for one of the best players in baseball.

San Diego general manager AJ Preller met with reporters and said Tatis is still not healthy enough to swing a bat. Preller did not have a firm timeline, but said the Padres are taking it “week-to-week” instead of “month to-month.”

Tatis, 23, hit .282/.364/.611 (165 OPS+) with 31 doubles, 42 homers, 97 RBI, 99 runs, 25 steals and 6.6 WAR in 130 games last season. This past spring, it was revealed Tatis fractured his wrist in a motorcycle accident and didn’t know it was broken until arriving at spring training. He had surgery to repair the fracture on March 16.

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