With the MLB lockout in the past, spring training is underway.
Players reported to camp over the weekend and spring training games will begin on Thursday.
But there was some bad news heading into spring training for the San Diego Padres.
MLB insider Dennis Lin shared an update on their star shortstop, Fernando Tatis Jr., and it was not a positive update.
Lin revealed that during the offseason, Tatis had fractured his wrist.
Tatis is headed for surgery soon, and it is estimated that the Padres young superstar will be out for up to three months recovering from the surgery.
Fernando Tatis Jr. fractured his wrist during the offseason, A.J. Preller said. He’s headed for a surgery that could come with a recovery time of up to three months.
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) March 14, 2022
Bad News For San Diego
This is bad news for the Padres, who gave Tatis a 14-year, $340 million contract extension last spring.
Tatis continues to struggle with staying healthy, and the Padres are on the hook for a good portion of his salary while he’s out.
You also can’t help but feel sorry for Tatis.
Tatis is a unique young talent with a bright future ahead of him, and he continues to suffer through injury troubles, robbing him of time on the field to showcase his ability.
It’s always tough to see players get injured, but it’s even worse when it’s a severe injury such as this one and costs a player significant time.
Tatis just continues to have bad luck with injuries, and it’s a shame to see a player of his caliber miss so much time as a result of them.
This is a big setback for the Padres, who look good on paper heading into 2022 and are looking to reverse the course after a stunning collapse took them out of playoff contention last year.
We’ll see how the Padres respond to this setback.