The San Diego Padres have been reeling lately, even more after the injury to star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. after he re-aggravated his shoulder. Well, the Padres got a bit of good news prior to Sunday’s game.
According to Bob Nightengale, the Padres are activating Tatis Jr.
Fernando Tatis Jr. is officially activated today for the #Padres game
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 15, 2021
This is terrific news for the Padres as a team. But, the rumors swirled about Tatis making an appearance in the outfield to save his shoulder from further damage as they pursue a playoff spot.
Well, according to Dennis Lin of The Athletic, Tatis is headed to right field.
Fernando Tatis Jr. will start in right field today.
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) August 15, 2021
This is a stunning development for the Padres, but it makes some sense especially after they acquired All-Star infielder Adam Frazier from the Pittsburgh Pirates at the trade deadline.
After the Padres got no-hit against Tyler Gibert– in his first career start, that is– they are hoping that the return of their superstar can be enough for them to make strides in the National League West. With the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants playing well, the second Wild Card spot seems more realistic for Jayce Tingler’s squad.
So, it’s official– Fernando Tatis Jr. is playing in the outfield against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.