Fernando Tatis Jr. is a San Diego Padres player and is progressing. He will begin rehab assignments

LOS ANGELES — Fernando Tatis Jr. He took part in the third session of live batting from Dodger Stadium on Friday afternoon. He was scheduled to fly to San Antonio to be there for the finale San Diego PadresLater that night, a Double-A affiliate began a rehab assignment.

Tatis, 23 years old, has been recovering from the surgery to his left hand. He is now focusing his efforts on getting his timing right and his legs under control. Tatis had to have a final scan of his scaphoid bone fracture that he sustained in the offseason. Padres manager Bob Melvin stated that “everything looks great.”

Tatis, who has shown encouraging signs in previous hitting sessions could be returning within a week.

Melvin, when Melvin was asked about Tatis' rehab assignment's length, said that he didn't believe there is a fixed number of at-bats. You'd love to have a guy back when he can swing the bat well. We are late in the season. This is not going to be an easy three-week process. So we will just keep him here day-to-day, and see how he feels at the plate.

Tatis will soon return to the Padres team he restructured earlier in this week. Juan Soto, Josh Bell, Brandon Drury Josh Hader Before the trade deadline. Tatis and Soto will be near the top of their lineup. Manny MachadoHe will not only be the most annoying trio of hitters in major leagues but he'll also be moving around.

Tatis will be able to play in designated hitter and centerfield during his rehab assignment. When he returns to the major-league team, he will do the same. Melvin desires the flexibility to continue giving Ha-seong Kim Tatis doesn't mind being shortstop because he wants to be there but not too much.

Melvin stated, “This is one in which he's been out for a long time to the point where we really don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. Make sure we go about this in the right manner and that he’s healthy. Make sure we aren't giving him too much.”

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