The San Diego Padres have a tough situation on their hands.
Fernando Tatis Jr. is now out for three months as a result of a fractured wrist.
The way Tatis sustained his injury will certainly infuriate the Padres management, as well as their fanbase.
Tatis injured his wrist in a motorcycle accident during the lockout, while players and team personnel could not contact one another.
The problem persisted and he showed up to spring training with a fractured wrist.
New Padres manager Bob Melvin spoke to the media regarding the incident and said that he believes Tatis’ motorcycle days are over.
Bob Melvin said he believes Fernando Tatis Jr.'s motorcycle-riding day are over. "You know, he's 22 years old, you have some fun and I don't think anything was intentional here. But I think you learn from experiences and I think this is one to learn from."
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) March 15, 2022
No More Motorcycles
Melvin did a good job keeping his cool and acknowledging that Tatis is still young, and he’s bound to make some mistakes.
But one can only imagine what Melvin is feeling at the moment.
Before he ever manages his first game in a Padres uniform, a lockout happens.
Then when that’s over, he finds out that during the work stoppage, his best player got injured riding a motorcycle and is now out for three months.
He certainly has to be frustrated with the recent series of events.
But Melvin, being the experienced manager that he is, kept himself in check and did acknowledge that Tatis is still a young player and is prone to make a few mistakes here and there.
He also made it perfectly clear that he does not want his players riding motorcycles and getting into multiple accidents that result in injuries.
Losing Tatis for three months is a massive blow for San Diego and finding a way to make up for his absence will be their next challenge, as they look to rebound from a down season.NEXT: Fernando Tatis Jr. Makes A Pledge Following Latest Injury