19:16: Manager Bob Melvin said Tatis will start the task tomorrow or Sunday (by Dennis Lin of Athletic). He is expected to play both the shortstop and midfield in non-prime matches.
18:35: star parents Fernando Tatis Jr. is nearing a comeback, reported Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune (Link to Twitter) that it is on its way to Double-A San Antonio. He will soon begin rehab there, the final step before returning to Petco Park.
It’s been a long time for Tatis who broke a bone in his left wrist off-season. He underwent surgery in mid-March and the club expressed hope to return by mid-June. Of course, it turned out not to be so. While there were no reports of significant failures, Tatis was not recovering at the rate he had hoped for. He has been gradually developing various baseball activities in recent weeks and now, for the first time this year, he can get into the game.
Positional players are entitled to 20 days for rehabilitation tasks. Once Tatis formally starts his assignment in the next few days, he may spend less than three weeks in minors before the team has to take him to college or shut him down again. They wouldn’t have shipped it if they had predicted a later result, so the club apparently believes it will be ready mid to late this month.
The impending return of Tatis will add another star to the roster already charged with firepower. Manny Machado is in conversation with MVP, and the Brothers are brought Jan Soto and Josh Bell in one of the most monumental competitions in MLB history. Add Tatis – the owner of the .292 / .369 / .596 lineage for the first three seasons – to the mix and Padres will bring a stunning squad top into the stretch run.
With the Tatis down, most of the short downtime has gone to Ha-Seong Kim. The former KBO star beat MLB’s tough rookie season to roughly league average (.248 / .329 / .370), defending Gold Glove for 98 games. With a bell, Jake CronenworthMachado and another takeover date Brandon Drury in the entire goal area of San Diego will be embarrassed by the wealth in the mud. Tatis has expressed a wish to move from shortstop to outfield if necessary, with the midfield being the most likely spot in this case. Soto has the appropriate box and Jurickson Profar he has the best year of his career left. Trent Grishamwho stumbled upon the line .197 / .293 / .365 in just 400 trips to the record, seems to be a strange person most days when everyone is healthy.