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Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. out up to 3 months with broken wrist

Sep 24, 2021; San Diego, California, USA;  San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (23) throws to first base against the Atlanta Braves during the fifth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Ray Acevedo-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Ray Acevedo-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. fractured his wrist in the offseason and will undergo surgery, general manager A.J. Preller said Monday.

Preller and said Tatis could miss up to three months.

Because players and management couldn’t speak during the recently concluded lockout, it’s unclear when the team learned about the injury or what medical care Tatis has received.

The Padres were hoping to have a healthy Tatis for the entire season after a shoulder injury plagued him throughout 2021.

The 23-year-old Tatis had two separate stints on the injured list because of shoulder issues but opted against offseason surgery, instead deciding to undergo rehab with an eye toward becoming a full-time shortstop again. He spent part of 2021 in the outfield to reduce the strain on his shoulder.

Tatis first injured the shoulder in April on a swing, then aggravated the injury in late July on a slide. He played a career-high 130 games in his third major league season and hit a National League-leading 42 home runs. He was third in National League MVP voting.

In 273 career games, Tatis has a .292 batting average with a .965 OPS and has 81 home runs with 195 RBIs. He was a first-time All-Star in 2021 and finished fourth in NL MVP voting in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

–Field Level Media