The San Diego Padres got delivered a massive blow on Monday after it was announced that Fernando Tatis Jr. would possibly miss the first three months of the season with a fractured wrist. He says the injury occurred during the offseason, but wasn’t specific on when.
“I didn’t feel that much at the time,” Tatis said Monday to ESPN. “It felt like when you jam your wrist when you slide into second base. I was swinging my axe in my ranch. I was feeling good and I feel like it caught us by surprise.”
Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. fractured his wrist during the offseason and needs surgery that will sideline him up to three months, according to GM A.J. Preller. pic.twitter.com/rGxmSWPJlS
— ESPN (@espn) March 14, 2022
While it wasn’t announced how Fernando Tatis Jr. fractured his wrist, many insiders were pointing to a December motorcycle accident as a potential cause.
Fernando Tatis described his early December motorcycle accident as “minor scrapes,” but folks close to the situation wonder whether he suffered the wrist fracture then. When he felt pain hitting in a scrimmage a month ago doctors suggested the wrist injury did not look new.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 14, 2022
Probably not a great thing, when Fernando Tatis was asked when his motorcycle accident happened, he responded, 'which one.'
— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) March 14, 2022
Fernando Tatis Jr. would go on to say how bad he feels that he won’t be available for his teammates and the San Diego fans for the foreseeable future.
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“It’s bad. It’s terrible,” Tatis said. “I feel like everyone is disappointed, especially me. We have a pretty good chance as a team. I want to be out there for my teammates and the fans.”
It’s unclear if Fernando Tatis Jr. or the Padres brass will be pressed on the motorcycle accident’s potential cause of the star shortstop’s injury. But we’ll continue to track this story for more details.