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Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. to begin rehab

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A San Antonio on Saturday or Sunday, San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin said.

Tatis practiced batting with the Padres at Dodger Stadium on Friday afternoon, then left for Texas. Tatis has been sidelined since undergoing surgery in mid-March on his fractured left wrist, which was reportedly the victim of an off-season motorcycle accident in his native Dominican Republic.

Although there is no timeline for his return, the start of the rehab mission is a big step for Tatis and the Padres.

“He hasn’t had a spring and hasn’t played on the court yet, so we’ll be watching as we go,” Melvin said.

Tatis will play shortstop, center field and spend time as the designated hitter.

When Tatis returns, he will be on a new team with newly acquired superstar Juan Soto, Josh Bell and Brandon Drury, all secured before Tuesday’s trade deadline. San Diego also landed the All-Star closer to Josh Hader.

Tatis was an All-Star in 2021 and finished third in voting for NL MVP. He batted .282 with NL-leading 42 homers and 97 RBIs.

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