Superstar shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who has yet to play in 2022 after surgery in March to repair a fractured scaphoid in his left wrist, has joined the Padres on their current road trip, Kevin reports. Acee from the San Diego Union Tribune (Twitter link). Tatis previously trained at the team’s spring training complex in Peoria, but is now able to run and take down balls with his teammates. While his ultimate return date remains uncertain, Acee reports there’s “optimism” that Tatis will be allowed to swing a bat after a surgically repaired wrist scan when the team returns to San Diego next week. .
Other league-wide injury ratings:
- Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports that Manny Machado’s absence from the last two games of the Padres’ weekend series against the Pirates was the result of a cortisone injection he received to alleviate problems with a tennis elbow, a sprained injury repetitive strain to upper forearm muscles most commonly seen in tennis players. The injection was obviously a success, as Machado is back in the Padres’ lineup in today’s game against the Cardinals. Ha-Seong Kim replaced Machado in third place in his absence.
- Top Pirates prospect Oneil Cruz suffered what is currently being called a “minor” ankle injury when he slipped into a base while playing for Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday, reports Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The severity of the injury is not yet known, although he has left the game. A consensus top-25 prospect, the 6’7″ shortstop posted a disappointing .220/.330/.402 batting line in his first 191 appearances on the board at Triple-A, though He remains a strong candidate for a mid-season call-up for a Pirates side who are currently ten games away in the NL Central and not expected to be in contention for a wildcard spot. He recorded nine plate appearances and three hits (including a home run) in a two-game major league appearance late last season.
- Southpaw Steven Matz, who hit IL a week ago with a shoulder impingement, received a cortisone injection in his left shoulder, reports Katie Woo of The Athletic. Matz has had a slow start in St. Louis since signing a four-year, $44 million contract with the Cardinals a week before the lockdown, posting a 6.03 ERA (4.29 FIP) in 37 1 /3 innings before his current stint in IL. It’s a small sample, of course, and his troubles seem to have been largely down to bad luck, including a BABIP of .350 (vs. a career mark of .310) and a high home run rate of 4.9. % (3.7% of career) without a significant change in his volley ball rate. His strikeout rate of 26.8% and walk rate of 4.9% were better than his career ratings (22.5% and 4.9%, respectively). The timing of his return remains uncertain.