Padres Reveal Target Return For Fernando Tatis Jr. (Sort Of)

The long-awaited return of Fernando Tatis Jr. is inching ever closer. And it can't come fast enough for the San Diego Padres, who just got swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tatis started his rehab assignment in the minors this week, and Padres manager Bob Melvin is optimistic about a return "mid-August-ish."

Tatis went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks in his first game at Double-A San Antonio,  then went 0-for-3 in his 2nd game Sunday night.

His arrival in the majors was so sudden, as a 20-year-old in 2019, he never actually had to play a game at Triple-A. That will change, according to reports, this coming week.

Padres beat reporter Kevin Acee notes that the Padres' homestand that begins on August 18th could be a potential return ("ish", as Melvin would say).

In his 3-year career thus far, the dynamic superstar has hit .292 with a .965 OPS, including a 42 HR, 97 RBI season last year in just 130 games.  

He's missed the entire season to this point after breaking his wrist in a motorbike accident last offseason.

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