When will Fernando Tatís Jr. return to the Padres?

The San Diego Padres haven’t seen star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who underwent surgery before Opening Day, play this MLB season.

The most recent reports indicate that it will take at least another month to see the young Dominican star playing in a Major League park.

A little less than a month ago, Tatís started working in the field and seemed optimistic about an upcoming return.

His manager, Bob Melvin, was more cautious.

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«He was out at shortstop today, throwing some throws to first base, and he’s doing a lot of conditioning, trying to get as much activity as possible,» Melvin told MLB in the third week of April. «He’s doing a lot of things … but the last thing is going to be putting a bat in his hands.»

Fernando Tatis Jr. continues to take grounders and run. When he plays catch, someone else does the catching. He says he does not know when he will swing a bat. The expectation remains for a mid- or late-June return.

— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) May 5, 2022

That is exactly where the obstacle has been. Tatis Jr. told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune on Thursday that he is not sure when he will be able to hit.

After undergoing surgery on March 16 to repair the fracture of the scaphoid bone in his left wrist, his recovery was supposed to be around three months. Therefore, the return of Tatís Jr is scheduled for the middle or end of June and is still within the stipulated times.