Wrist injury update for Fernando Tates Jr.

CHICAGO – Three months ago, on the first day of spring training, Padres’ head of baseball operations A.J. Briller met with reporters and offered a timeline of his star’s short comeback. After three months of hindsight, we now know the timeline was overly optimistic.

On March 14, Briller predicted an absence of up to three months for Fernando Tates Jr.who fractured the navicular bone in his left wrist while on vacation.

Exactly three months later — with Tatis yet to sway since his injury — Briller addressed reporters once again with some factual news.

“The MRI scan continues to show recovery, but it hasn’t been up to…a full green light,” Briller said. “We’re basically in a place where we’re advancing week by week.”

Meanwhile, Padres’ side went on to win even without Tates in the squad. Their victory over the cubs On Monday he moved them to a virtual match with the Dodgers for the top of the Western National League. At the age of 38-24, the Padres made their best start in 62 games in franchise history.

But this hot start was largely a testament to the deep spin, solid defense and performance of Mane Machado. Overall, Padres’ attack performance was average. It’s a lineup that could clearly use more thumbs – especially more production in a short period of time.

Tatis had those checkups in Arizona on Monday with Dr. Donald Sheridan, who performed the surgery on March 16. Briller noted that Dr. Sheridan was pleased with a certain level of progress Tattis had made in strengthening his wrist.

But it didn’t quite heal enough for Dr. Sheridan to clear Tates to begin swinging, and the Badres weren’t about to push him back to work.

“From the beginning, this was all about the long run and long relationship with Fernando in his career,” Briller said. “We’ll be very careful. That goes with that.”

For now, Tates will continue to do some level of baseball activity, without swinging. He has been traveling with the team and was due to rejoin Padres in Chicago on Tuesday night.

So far, Tatis has been fully functional in his throwing lead, and has been working extensively on conditioning it. He was able to take slightly rolling balls and play light catches, but Padres was wary.

“He wants to get back on the field and play,” Briller said. “Obviously he loves to play. …I think he understands this is about what’s best for him in the long run. I know he feels good, he feels like he can go out and do it. But he was very mature in: ‘Hey, I’ll trust what he says. the doctors.”

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