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Fernando Tatis Jr. injury: Padres out for up to three months with broken wrist, may need surgery

San Diego Padres superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. fractured his wrist at some point during the offseason and could be out for up to three months, general manager AJ Preller told reporters Monday. including Dennis Lin of The AthleticSurgery may be required. The three-month delay would put Tatis on track to return in mid-June.

“Nothing crazy, I thought it was something we could work out,” Tatis told reporters, including MLB.com’s AJ Cassavellabout the injury. He said she first appeared about a month ago, although it could date back to her motorcycle accident in December. Tatis clarified that the decision to undergo surgery has yet to be made.

Players and teams were not allowed to communicate during the lockout, so clubs were not alerted to any injuries suffered during the offseason until the end of the work stoppage. will be the third time in three 162-game seasons that he has missed time with injuries. In 2019 and 2021, back and shoulder issues sidelined him.

Tatis, 23, has finished in the top four NL MVP voting each of the past two seasons. He hit .282/.364/.611 with 42 homers in 130 games last year and established himself as one of the productive players. in the game when he’s actually on the court. In his three seasons in MLB, Tatis has played in 273 of a possible 384 regular season games, or 71%.

The injury is devastating news for a Padres team looking to bounce back from a hugely disappointing 2021. go after the season and the Padres hired Bob Melvin away from the athletics to replace him.

Here’s what Sportsline has to say about the impact of losing Tatis for potentially almost half of the season:

with Tatis

88.8

66.2%

5.1%

1.1%

without tatis

86.1

53.8%

2.9%

0.5%

Change

-2.7

-12.4%

-2.2%

-0.6%

“It’s terrible. I have the impression that everyone is disappointed, especially me”, Tatis told Cassavell“I feel like we have a good chance this year as a team, and I just want to be there for my teammates.”

San Diego traded second baseman Adam Frazier to the Mariners before the lockout, which reduced the club’s median depth. Melvin’s regular training should look like this while Tatis is on the mend:

  1. CF Trent Grisham
  2. 2B Jake Cronenworth
  3. 3B Manny Machado
  4. 1B Eric Hosmer
  5. RF Wil Myers
  6. C Austin Nola
  7. LF Jurickson Profar
  8. DH Nomar Mazara
  9. SS Ha Seong Kim

The Padres sued Nelson Cruz before his deal with the Nationals and they think they’ll stay in the market for a big bat. A short-term deal with an outfielder makes the most sense. Jorge Soler, Andrew McCutchen and Joc Pederson are potential targets. They could also consider a reunion with Tommy Pham or pursue Japanese slugger Seiya Suzuki.

Journeyman and unlisted guest Domingo Leyba now has the inside lane on the team’s infielder job, so the Padres could also be looking to improve their bench ahead of Opening Day. San Diego was an offensive team in the middle of the road last season and they are one injury closer to looking really thin in the lineup.

Tatis has been simply brilliant when he’s on the pitch. He’s just not on the field as often as the Padres would like. Tatis is entering the second year of the record 14-year, $340 million contract he signed last spring.

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