The circumstances in which he suffered the injury are still unclear, but he says it started to flare up about a month ago, when he couldn’t talk to his team’s doctors because of the lockout.
Now, he is still deciding whether or not to have surgery, although the timeframe of his return wouldn’t be altered too much if he skips going under the knife.
It’s a bummer for Tatis and the Padres.
Injuries, sadly, have been a part of Tatis’ career so far to this point.
Injuries Have Affected Tatis So Far In His Career
The 23-year-old MVP candidate has an extensive record when it comes to spending time on the shelf.
“Fernando Tatis Jr. July 2018: season-ending surgery (thumb). August 2019: season-ending back injury. April 2021: left shoulder subluxation. July 2021: 2nd left shoulder subluxation (misses 32 games that season). March 2022: fractured wrist (expected to miss a few months),” MLB analyst Danny Vietti wrote via Twitter.
Fernando Tatis Jr.
July 2018: season-ending surgery (thumb)
August 2019: season-ending back injury
April 2021: left shoulder subluxation
July 2021: 2nd left shoulder subluxation (misses 32 games that season)
March 2022: fractured wrist (expected to miss a few months) pic.twitter.com/CkpRe2q5fU
— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) March 14, 2022
Some of those injuries could be attributed to his style of play, but others have been fluke-ish.
Tatis was involved in what was described as a minor motorcycle accident in his native Dominican Republic in December, so it could have resulted in his wrist fracture.
San Diego will have to be without its best player at least until June, and his big bat will be missed, especially when they try to keep up with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants.
Last year, Tatis slashed .282/.364/.611 with 42 home runs, 99 runs, 97 RBI, and 25 stolen bases in just 130 games.