The San Diego Padres’ star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. is getting closer to making his debut in 2022. Speaking with reporters earlier this week, Tatis confirmed that he received some positive news about his recovery from wrist surgery and that he will be able to swing a bat in the next two weeks.
“This was the first time I came out happy after a doctor’s appointment,” Tatis said.
The X-rays on Tatis’ wrist showed that the injury is healing nicely, clearing the way for the 23-year-old to start making plans about his return to action. After he starts batting, Tatis won’t be able to take a swing at pitches from the pitching machine for another 10 days. When he clears that hurdle, he should get a minor league assignment to ramp up his condition for the MLB.
“I’ve been playing this game since I was a kid, since I have memory. So it’s more about getting my body in [baseball] shape,” Tatis added.
Tatis fractured his wrist during the offseason and had to undergo surgery in early March. The Padres didn’t detail the injury, but the reports say that the 2021’s NL home run leader got hurt in a motorcycle accident.
Tatis was one of the best players in baseball last season, earning All-Star and All-MLB honors. He finished the campaign with a .282 batting average, 42 homers, and 97 RBIs.