When Is Fernando Tatis Coming Back for the San Diego Padres? (Latest Update)

San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.
San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. / Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres are hanging on by a thread in the NL West race, but they may have some much-needed help on the way.

Tatis Jr., who broke his wrist in a motorcycle accident during the offseason, took a positive step towards returning by taking full batting practice. Tatis Jr. had previously had trouble gripping a bat following the wrist injury.

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Fernando Tatis Jr. Latest Injury Update

Tatis Jr. has been on the injured list all season long, but he is progressing towards a return by taking batting practice.

Adding Tatis Jr. to the lineup would be huge for a Padres team that is just 23rd in OPS this season. There's no guaranteed timetable for Tatis Jr.'s return, but he is expected to face live pitching in the coming days.

Fernando Tatis Jr. Complete Injury History

Fernando Tatis Jr. has only played three seasons in MLB, but he's racked up his fair share of injuries along the way.

2021 Season: Shoulder Subluxation

Tatis was limited to just 130 games last season due to recurrent subluxation of his shoulder, but he still played at an elite level.

The shortstop hit .282 and led the National League with 42 home runs in the 2021 season. He also missed some time with an oblique injury and in the league’s health and safety protocols. 

August 2019: Back Injury

Tatis Jr. had an impressive rookie season, but intended abruptly due to a back injury. The Padres star ended up only appearing in 84 games, but he still hit 22 homers and batted .317. 

April 2019: Hamstring Injury 

Tatis Jr. missed time early in the 2019 season with a hamstring issue.

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