Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. takes first BP since March

Fernando Tatis Jr.
Posted at 5:05 PM, Jul 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-26 20:05:32-04

DETROIT (AP) — Fernando Tatis Jr. is back in the batter's box, and the San Diego Padres' $340 million star could face live pitching later this week.

Tatis took batting practice with teammates before Tuesday's game against the Detroit Tigers, his first rounds with the club since breaking his left wrist in spring training.

The 23-year-old is expected to begin facing live pitching later this week, then begin a minor league rehab assignment before eventually making his season debut with the big league team.

Tatis looked well Tuesday and hit several balls into the left-field stands.

“It felt normal,” he said.

Tatis hit .282 with 42 homers last season, finishing third in NL MVP voting despite missing time with left shoulder injuries. He signed a $340 million, 14-year deal with San Diego prior to the 2021 season.