Fernando Tatis Jr. meets with a surgeon and strengthens his defense

PHOENIX – Fernando Tatis Jr. arrived in Arizona this week and received good news quickly.

On Tuesday, the Padres shortstop met with the surgeon who performed the March 16 surgery to repair the fractured scaphoid in his left wrist. Manager Bob Melvin said Tatis had been allowed to “step up what he does on the defensive end”.

The star was with the team ahead of the series opener against the D-backs at Chase Field.

“I know he’s thrilled that he’s going to be on the court with us, no restrictions on ground balls, pitches, etc.,” Melvin said. “Hitting will be the last thing to do. »

After meeting with the surgeon, Tatis didn’t wait long to accompany his San Diego teammates to the field. He joined them during batting practice to pick up players off the ground and work through defensive drills. Prior to that, he played catch, fielding ground balls hit directly at him, performing a few light, sharp jabs, and briefly hitting a tee with a fungo bat.

Tatis isn’t swinging a bat at full speed just yet, but he should potentially be in about two weeks. At that point, he will need to go through a hitting progression and then go on a minor league rehab assignment afterward.

So it doesn’t seem likely that Tatis will return before the all-star break, possibly around late July or early August, depending on how things go once he starts knocking. Melvin doesn’t have an exact timeline, and he won’t until Tatis adds that final piece to his recovery plan.

“It depends on how we set him up before he starts playing games. And then how he feels during the rehab process,” Melvin said. feels good in the way he swings the bat. More days with us is probably better than fewer days with us. But he doesn’t have spring training, so it will literally be a daily process, even if once that he will have started [hitting]we’ll probably have it mapped out and then go from there on how he feels.

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