The time is now Padres fans. Just days after shocking the baseball world and acquiring Juan Soto and Josh Bell from the Washington Nationals, fans in San Diego get more good news with the return of Fernando Tatis Jr..
According to AJ Cassavell, the Padres star shortstop is heading to San Antonio to begin his rehab assignment.
It looks like Saturday or Sunday will be his season debut in San Antonio.
This is a move that was going to happen as he needs live reps and at-bats before jumping back into a Padres uniform. The team now feels comfortable after watching him hit live BP before the last few games. The shortstop had been taking grounders and working the field for the past few months.
In just under 500 ABs last season, Tatis hit .282 with 42 home runs and 97 RBIs. He also ended with a .975 OPS and stole 25 bases on the year. The talent that fans in San Diego are about to witness will be extremely elite.
It’s unclear how long his rehab assignment will be. It’s expected to be a few games but if he hits the ball well and plays to a certain level it could be shorter than expected.
Either way, the 23-year-old is just a few days or a week away from his season debut. With friend Juan Soto in the lineup right next to him, expect Tatis to pick up where he left off … playing 110% and just having a fun time doing it.