‘Drug Home Run King’ Fernando Tatis Jr. (24, San Diego Padres) fell silent in 13 at-bats after returning to practice. There is still no first hit in the comeback, but the party is relaxed.
On the 9th (hereinafter Korean time), Tatis started as the second hitter in right field and recorded no hits in 3 at-bats in an exhibition game against the Cincinnati Reds in the 2023 Major League Baseball held at Peoria Stadium in Peoria, Arizona, USA.
Tatis, who withdrew from shortstop infield fly ball in the first at-bat in the first inning, was out with a fly ball to left field in both the third and fifth innings. As a result, in this demonstration game, 5 games, 13 at-bats, no hits, a ‘batting average of .000’. He walked two but struck out two and is struggling.
But Tatis is showing his composure. In the match against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the 7th, he was booed by the crowd, but he smiled and said, “It feels good.” According to MLB.com on the 9th, Tatis said, “I am adjusting by seeing more balls in each game at bat. He feels better every time he plays.”
San Diego coach Bob Melvin also seemed unconcerned about Tatis’ sluggish performance, saying, “It’s been a while since I’ve played, and if I spend time on the pitch, everything will work out.”
Tatis, who made his debut in 2019, exploded his potential by becoming the National League home run king (42) in 2021. However, on October 4 of that year, he had a 17-month hiatus from the game against the San Francisco Giants. 메이저놀이터
Tatis, who underwent rehabilitation after undergoing surgery on his left wrist after a motorcycle accident before the season last year, was suspended for 80 games due to the detection of clostebol, which contained a banned substance, steroids, ahead of his return in August.
In September, he underwent surgery on his left shoulder, which was a problem due to habitual dislocation, and in October, he underwent additional surgery on his left wrist. Although there are concerns about the aftermath of the surgery and the absence of practice for more than a year and a half, Tatis said, “I am in good shape. Both my wrist and shoulder have recovered really well. I am grateful that my body is responding well like this,” he said, confident in his health.
Meanwhile, Tatis still has 20 more games left on his suspended drug suspension. It is possible to play starting from an away game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 21st.