He had to play most of last season with a shoulder subluxation, had a motorcycle accident over the offseason that resulted in a fractured wrist, and was recently suspended for 80 games because of his use of banned substances.
He has let down fans, coaches, his manager, and the front office on more than one occasion over the last calendar year, and has also suffered some unexpected health-related obstacles in the process, too.
It was announced that he was undergoing shoulder surgery this week, one that wouldn’t affect his availability for next year’s spring training.
A new illness, however, is delaying those plans.
“Fernando Tatis Jr.’s scheduled shoulder surgery was postponed due to his having a non-COVID related illness,” San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.
Fernando Tatis Jr.’s scheduled shoulder surgery was postponed due to his having a non-COVID related illness.
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) August 30, 2022
Tatis Is Dealing With An Illness
Tatis is reportedly dealing with strep throat and a fever.
While it’s not clear when the surgery will actually take place, it’s believed to be soon, probably as soon as his body fully recovers.
In any case, Tatis should be able to have a relatively normal spring training schedule, given that the procedure’s timeline is about six months.
While he will be a part of next year’s spring training, he won’t be able to play before May because the rest of the 2022 campaign don’t cover all of his suspension.
The Padres won’t be able to count on Tatis in the 2022 postseason either, should they qualify.
It has been a rough year for the star shortstop, but let’s not forget he is one of the most productive players in MLB when fully healthy.