Fernando Tates Injury Update: Pedres star progresses from wrist surgery

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San Diego Pedres shortstop Fernando Tates Jr. is making progress in recovering from a broken left wrist that has so far set him aside for the entire 2022 season.

Tatis met Tuesday with the surgeon who repaired the wrist in March and was cleared to increase the intensity of the fielding exercises. “I know he’s excited about the fact that he’s going to be on the field with us. There’s no restriction on picking up, throwing, and so on,” said Bob Mellon, Pedres’ manager. Via MLB.com. “Killing will be the last thing.”

This is especially encouraging news for Tatis and Padres that, in the last update, they were not progressing as expected. Now, though, he is increasing his activity, and a possible timetable for his return is beginning to emerge. The next step is to swing the bat at full speed, which can take about two weeks. In addition to additional ramping, a minor league rehab assignment will follow, meaning Tatis could be in line to return to the active roster in late July or early August, excluding failures. Pedres has not yet announced such plans, but Tuesday’s news makes a possible timeline. The injury was the result of a motorcycle accident, but Titus did not realize it until he reported the spring training that his wrist was broken.

Pedres has done quite well this season in Tatis’ absence, but bringing back one of the best baseball players would be a great honor in any context. Tatis, 23, hit .282 / .364 / .611 (165 OPS +) in 130 games last season with 31 doubles, 42 homers, 97 RBIs, 99 runs, 25 steels and 6.6 WAR. For his career, he owns 160 OPS + in three major league seasons.