Fernando Tatis Jr. To start out the rehabilitation job

7:16 p.m.: Manager Bob Melvin said Tatis will begin the assignment either tomorrow or Sunday (via Dennis Lin of The Athletic.). He is expected to play both shortstop and center field in the minors.

18:35: star parents Fernando Tatis Jr. is nearing a comeback, as Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports (Twitter link) that he is on his way to Double-A San Antonio. He will soon begin a rehab assignment there, the final step before returning to Petco Park.

It has been a long time coming for Tatis, who suffered a broken bone in his left wrist in the offseason. He underwent surgery in mid-March and the club expressed hope that he would be back by mid-June. This is clearly not the case. Although there were no reports of significant setbacks, Tatis did not recover at the pace that either he or the team had hoped for. In recent weeks, he has slowly built up his baseball activities and is now able to attend games for the first time this year.

Position players are allowed to spend up to 20 days on rehab assignments. When Tatis officially takes over in the next few days, he could spend less than three weeks in the minors before the team has to bring him up to the majors or shut him down again. They wouldn’t be sending him off if they expected the latter result, so the club clearly believe he’ll be ready by the middle or end of this month.

Tatis’ impending return will add another star-studded firepower. Manny Machado is in the MVP conversation, and the brothers brought John Soto and Josh Bell in one of the most monumental crafts in MLB history. Add in Tatis — a .292/.369/.596 slasher over his first three seasons — and the Padres have an eye-popping streak at the top of the division.

With Tatis out of action, most of the short brake work has been done Ha-Seong Kim. The former KBO star overcame a rough rookie MLB season and hit around league average (.248/.329/.370) with Gold Glove-caliber defense in 98 games. with a bell Jake CronenworthMachado and another final acquisition Brandon Drury All outdoors, San Diego will be an embarrassment of riches on the dirt. Tatis has expressed a desire to move from shortstop to outfield if needed, and center field seems the most likely option in that case. Soto has right field, and Jurickson Profar left is having the best year of his career. Trent Grishamwho stumbled to a .197/.293/.365 line in just 400 at-bats, looks like he’ll be the odd man out most days when everyone is healthy.

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