Fernando Tatis Jr. Suffers Broken Wrist And His Contract Is Looking Great To Him Right Now

Getty Image / Thearon W. Henderson

  • Fernando Tatis Jr. has suffered a broken wrist and will be out for an estimated 3 months
  • Padres GM A.J. Preller told reporters of the injury, there’s no news yet on how the injury occurred
  • Read more news on baseball trades and free-agent signings

Fernando Tatis Jr. has a broken wrist according to a reported statement by Padres GM A.J. Preller.

The injury is likely to require surgery and will cost Tatis Jr. an estimated 3 months to recover. There’s no report on what exactly caused the broken wrist at this time.

In 2021, Tatis finished 3rd in NL MVP voting, leading the NL with 42 homers and batting .282 with 97 RBIs and 25 stolen bases.

What’s amazing is Tatis put up these stats playing only 130 games. He had to serve two stints on the injured lists because of left shoulder issues that were initially caused by dislocation.

Fernando Tatis Jr. Contract Playing Out to be Incredibly Smart for Him

Last year, Tatis signed an insane mega-deal contract of 14-years for $340 million.

While some debated Tatis could earn more if he continued to play to his potential, the fact his $340 million is guaranteed is playing out to be one insanely smart deal.

Not to mention Tatis will get to play in amazing weather out in San Diego for the majority of his career—on a team slated to compete for years to come.

Who is the Padres Backup Shortstop?

The fact Tatis won’t be around for a huge chunk of the season is a major blow. The Padres are going to be competing against the Giants and Dodgers again and if last year told the Padres anything it’s that every regular-season game will matter. Remember the Padres missed the playoffs in a horrible fashion, with the major reason being the team couldn’t stay healthy, including Tatis.

Right now the Padres might look at Ha-Seong Kim or Jake Cronenworth to fill the spot.

The more interesting option would be to bring in top prospect CJ Abrams. He was one of the non-roster invitees to spring training, so he’s out in major league camp already as we speak.

And an out-of-this-world option world option would be for the Padres to find a way to get Trevor Story. Then, San Diego could move Tatis to the outfield permanently like they’ve been debating.

A similar scenario could play out of the Padres went all-in on signing Carlos Correa.

Fernando Tatis Jr. Broken Wrist Reactions

There’s tons of commentary swirling around this surprise on Fernando Tatis Jr.’s broken wrist.

Here are some of the best takes.



One thing’s for sure, it’s time for the Padres to get on the horse on finding Tatis Jr.’s replacement.