Fernando Tatis Jr.'s Important Doctor Visit Approaches

When Fernando Tatis Jr. visits the doctor next week for an update on his wrist, the superstar shortstop and the San Diego Padres are hoping to get final clearance to begin full baseball activities. This, according to MLB Insider Jon Heyman.

But regardless of the doctor's recommendations, don't expect him back before sometime in July. If he gets the go-ahead, the hope for the Padres, says Heyman, is that Tatis can return sometime before the All-Star Break (which takes place July 18-20). 

But that's not a sure thing, as SI.com says his fractured wrist is a “slow-healing injury.” Their report is that he could conceivably be out until after the break.

Tatis suffered the injury falling off his motorbike during the offseason. He had surgery on his wrist in March.

The Padres, meanwhile, have been just fine, thanks, without their 23-year-old wonder kid. They currently hold the 3rd-best record in the National League, at 36-22, just one game back of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

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