Tatis set to start rehab project this weekend

LOS ANGELES — Fernando Tatis Jr. took half in his third live-batting-practice session from Dodger Stadium early Friday afternoon and was scheduled to fly to San Antonio to affix the San Diego Padres‘ Double-A affiliate later that night time, starting a rehab project this weekend.

Tatis, 23, has spent all season rehabbing from surgical procedure to his left wrist however has mainly reached the tip of his restoration and is now centered on getting his timing again and his legs beneath him. Tatis underwent what was anticipated to be a last scan of the scaphoid bone that sustained a fracture early within the offseason, and Padres supervisor Bob Melvin mentioned “all the pieces appears to be like good.”

Tatis, who has displayed encouraging indicators in prior hitting classes, may very well be every week or two away from returning.

“I do not assume we have now a set quantity of at-bats,” Melvin mentioned when requested in regards to the size of Tatis’ rehab project. “And likewise, you’d wish to get a man again right here when he is swinging the bat fairly effectively too. We’re later within the season; this is not going to be a three-week course of to get him again right here, so we’ll simply take it everyday and see the place he’s bodily and the way he is feeling on the plate.”

Tatis will ultimately return to a reshaped Padres staff that dominated the headlines earlier this week, buying Juan Soto, Josh Bell, Brandon Drury and Josh Hader earlier than the commerce deadline. Tatis will reside close to the highest of the lineup alongside Soto and Manny Machado, forming arguably probably the most devesting trio of hitters within the majors – however he may even transfer round.

Tatis will see time in middle subject and at designated hitter throughout his rehab project, along with his pure place of shortstop, and can do the identical when he returns to the key league staff. Melvin desires the pliability of continuous to provide Ha-seong Kim begins at shortstop but additionally does not need to put an excessive amount of of a burden on Tatis, given the bodily calls for of shortstops.

“That is one the place he is been out lengthy sufficient to the place we actually do not wanna get forward of ourselves and ensure we go about it in the correct vogue and that he is wholesome, ensure we’re not giving him an excessive amount of,” Melvin mentioned.

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