The San Diego Padres have been forced to play the entire 2022 MLB season without Fernando Tatis Jr. However, according to a recent report, he's looking better than ever.
Padres radio broadcaster Bob Scanlan tweeted that Tatis has been “swinging the bat doing flip drills at 100%.” And, according to the shortstop, he hasn't experienced any pain during or after the drills.
Great news to hear Fernando say he’s swinging the bat doing flip drills at 100%, and experiencing no pain during nor afterwards. Getting closer!
— Bob Scanlan (@heyscan) July 22, 2022
Fernando Tatis Jr. suffered a fractured left wrist during the offseason and underwent subsequent surgery to correct it on March 16. He has yet to make his season debut for the Padres this year.
Last year, Tatis entered the 2021 season with a 14-year, $340 million contract extension. He recorded 99 runs, 135 hits, 42 home runs, and 97 RBI in 130 games and 478 at-bats. He finished his third year in MLB with a .282 batting average, .364 on-base percentage, and .611 slugging percentage.
Getting Tatis back soon would be huge for the Padres. Fortunately, they've been able to perform pretty well even without the star shortstop. San Diego was 10 games above .500 with a record of 52-42 heading into the All-Star Break.
That being said, the team definitely needs Fernando Tatis Jr. back in the mix for the second half of the regular season. There are tons of crucial matchups ahead of the Padres, including three straight NL West matchups at the beginning of August. Right now, the Padres are second in the division, behind the 61-30 Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Phillies are also expecting their starting shortstop, Jean Segura, to return from the IL after missing the last two months with a broken right index finger.