LOS ANGELES – All-Star Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A San Antonio either Saturday or Sunday, San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin said.
Tatis worked out with the Padres at Dodger Stadium on Friday afternoon before leaving for Texas. Tatis was sidelined after undergoing surgery in mid-March for a broken left wrist that was reportedly caused off-season in a motorcycle accident in his native Dominican Republic.
Although there is no timetable for his return, the start of rehab is a big step for Tatis and the Padres.
“He didn’t have a spring and he hasn’t played the field yet, so we’ll be keeping an eye on him as we go,” Melvin said.
Tatis will play shortstop, center field and spend time as the designated hitter.
When Tatis returns, he will be in a revamped roster with a newly acquired superstar. John Soto, Josh Bell as well as Brandon Drury, all received before the trading deadline on Tuesday. San Diego also brought the All-Star Game closer Josh Hader.
Tatis was an All-Star in 2021 and finished third in NL MVP voting. He batted .282 with an NL-leading 42 home runs and 97 RBIs.