Tatis injured his wrist in a motorcycle accident during the lockout, and over time, the condition of his wrist deteriorated.
As a result, he ultimately showed up to the Padres’ camp with a fracture in his wrist.
Tatis is now out for what could be up to three months, as the wrist will require surgery.
This morning, Padres’ insider Dennis Lin reported that the star shortstop was ready to undergo surgery on his injured wrist.
Fernando Tatis Jr. is undergoing wrist surgery this morning.
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) March 16, 2022
Trying To Right The Ship
Tatis’ injury remains a huge blow for the Padres, who are trying to right the ship after a devastating collapse knocked them out of the playoff race and caused them to finish below the .500 mark, at 79-83.
Tatis obviously was unable to contact team doctors during the lockout, as players and team personnel were forbidden from contacting each other until the stoppage was resolved.
But without Tatis, the Padres find themselves in a little bit of trouble.
It’s hard to see Tatis continue to have such bad luck with injuries this early in his career.
It’s a good thing the Padres are giving him a second chance and not voiding the contract, but they are paying him $340 million for 14 years after signing him to a large contract extension last spring, and they’re on the hook for that money while he’s out.
We’ll see what the Padres decide to do as they look to start the season without their superstar