Tatis returns to Padres in OF, hits two homers

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PHOENIX — Fernando Tatis Jr. wasted no time making an affect for the San Diego Padres in his return from the injured checklist Sunday, slugging his thirty second and thirty third homers in an 8-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks whereas taking part in proper subject for the primary time as knowledgeable.

Tatis had one thought operating by his head as he returned to San Diego’s lineup.

“Make them keep in mind why they missed you,” he mentioned grinning.

The 22-year-old All-Star — batting leadoff — ripped a double down the left-field line in his first at-bat however was stranded at third within the first inning. He added a solo homer within the third on a towering fly ball that landed within the left-field stands and one other solo shot within the fifth that simply cleared the wall in roughly the identical spot.

“Fernando being Fernando,” Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer mentioned. “It by no means ceases to amaze any of us.”

It was Tatis’ fifth multihomer recreation this season and No. 8 for his profession. He added a bases-loaded single within the eighth that introduced house Victor Caratini and Trent Grisham.

Tatis additionally caught David Peralta‘s fly to proper for the ultimate out of the underside of the primary.

Tatis had been on the injured checklist since July 31 after partially dislocating his left shoulder for the third time this season.

The electrifying star often performs shortstop, however the Padres determined to maneuver him to the outfield in the meanwhile. The hope is there’s much less probability he’ll get damage, permitting him to remain within the lineup for the remainder of the season.

He wasn’t challenged a lot within the outfield on Sunday, however he made a number of routine catches.

“It was fairly chill,” Tatis mentioned.

Tatis suffered {a partially} dislocated left shoulder on a violent swing April 5 in opposition to San Francisco and went on the 10-day injured checklist. He reinjured the shoulder diving for a ball and left a recreation in opposition to Cincinnati on June 19 however missed just one recreation.

He left a spring coaching recreation after hurting the shoulder whereas making a throw however was again two days later. He revealed then that he had been coping with shoulder discomfort since his minor league days. Tatis additionally missed eight video games in mid-Could after testing constructive for COVID-19.

He grew to become the primary Padres participant voted to begin an All-Star Recreation since Tony Gwynn in 1999.

The return of Tatis is a large increase for the Padres, who’ve 15 gamers on the injured checklist and have taken a nosedive within the Nationwide League West standings. They nonetheless occupy the second NL wild-card spot within the playoff race however are feeling stress from the charging Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves.

San Diego’s season arguably reached its nadir the day earlier than on Saturday, when Diamondbacks rookie pitcher Tyler Gilbert threw a no-hitter in his first profession begin in opposition to the Padres.

Hosmer mentioned the crew had a gathering after the embarrassing loss, hoping {that a} speak might assist them refocus for the final a part of the season. For one recreation, it appeared to work.

“Typically within the season, you get misplaced in what is going on on,” Hosmer mentioned. “It is such an extended, grueling season, it could actually generally beat you down.”

The crew added right-hander Yu Darvish to the 10-day injured checklist on Sunday with decrease again tightness, retroactive to Friday.

Darvish (7-7, 3.70) left his begin on Thursday within the third inning with the again ailment. He joins fellow pitchers Drew Pomeranz, Dinelson Lamet and Chris Paddack on the Padres’ injured checklist.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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