What to Expect From Tatis Jr. in 2019
Injuries are a regular part of baseball, and Tatis is no exception. The third of these injuries has been in the offseason, when he fractured his wrist. His latest injury could prevent him from playing for three months. It’s unclear when the Padres expect him back, but the team is worried. Read on to find out what to expect from Tatis in 2019.
tatis jr injury is third in a little more than a year
The latest injury to Tatis is his third in a little more than a season. This time, the injury is in Tatis’ left shoulder, which he suffered while swinging his bat, diving for a grounder, and sliding. The injury is not considered serious, but it is not good news either. Tatis is a High Injury Risk throughout the season, so he will likely be out until July.
The San Diego Padres did not acquire a starter at the trade deadline, so they had to make do with their starter. Unfortunately, the starter gave up eight runs in a 9-4 loss to the Rockies. Fortunately, Tatis did not break down in pain as he slid into third base. The team’s trainer evaluated the injury and Tatis was able to walk off the field. He was replaced at third base by backup shortstop Ha-Seong Kim.
he fractured his wrist in offseason
It’s not clear how Tatis’ wrist was fractured in the offseason. It flared up a month ago, but doctors believe it was caused by a minor motorcycle accident in December. Although he felt no pain at the time, he started experiencing discomfort in the wrist as the season ramped up. The Padres didn’t contact Tatis during the lockout, but they were able to consult their team doctors.
The NL MVP candidate missed 30 games last season because of a left shoulder injury. He subluxed his shoulder five times in the regular season. Instead of undergoing shoulder surgery to repair the labrum, Tatis decided to strengthen the muscles that surround it. ProBaseballDocs says this approach is effective. But the Red Sox are still monitoring Tatis’ progress. The team is hopeful that he’ll be ready to play mid-June.
he could miss three months
Injured Tatis is scheduled to have wrist surgery today. He has experienced soreness since ramping up his baseball activities this spring, but doctors were unable to determine the extent of his injury until he underwent a physical. The Padres have been undergoing a major makeover this offseason, hiring new manager Doug Melvin and overhauling their coaching staff. While the Padres didn’t have the luxury of talking to Tatis during the lockout, they made sure to keep him away from the media.
The NL’s Fernando Tatis Jr. may miss three months after having surgery on his broken left wrist. The three-time NL MVP slugger reportedly suffered the injury in a motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic last December. It wasn’t clear how long Tatis would miss, but the news was troubling nonetheless. According to Tatis’ agent, the injury isn’t a life threatening one, but it does mean the star outfielder will have to take time off from playing baseball.
Padres are worried about his return
The Padres are hesitant to let Tatis Jr. return to the field for at least a month. Last year, the veteran players were impatient with the 23-year-old. The Padres will be hoping to get him back in time for the start of the season. Tatis is one of the best young players in baseball and can be a major asset for the Padres.
In the offseason, Tatis, who led the National League in home runs last year, said that the fracture likely resulted from one or two minor incidents. Tatis also cited a lockout, which prevented him from speaking with team doctors. The Padres will likely use several different rehab strategies to reduce the timetable for Tatis’ return. One strategy would be to have Tatis play simulated games at Petco Park. The simulated games would give him the equivalent of a dozen at-bats in one day.