Reporter Seo Jang-won = Fernando Tatis Jr. (24, San Diego Padres), who missed the entire last season due to injury and taking prohibited drugs, joined the San Diego spring camp.
In an interview conducted on the 17th (Korean time) at the Peoria Sports Complex in Arizona, USA, a spring camp in San Diego, Tatis Jr. said, “I feel good when I finally come back healthy.”
In San Diego, the 22nd is the day the field team is called, but Tatis Jr. joined the camp earlier than the call date.
Tatis Jr. is a star player representing San Diego.
In 2019, the first year of his debut, Tatis Jr., who played in 84 games and had a batting average of 0.317, 22 homers, 53 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.969, batted average 0.277, 17 homers, and 47 in 59 games the following year, which was played in a shortened season. played an active role.
In 2021, when he signed a long-term contract (up to $340 million in 14 years) and spent his first full-time career, he hit a batting average of 0.282 and 42 home runs in 130 games, ranking first in home runs in the National League. During this period, Kim Ha-seong also had to stay as a backup, being pushed by Tatis Jr.
However, Tatis Jr., who thought he would only walk on the flower road, had the worst year last year.
To make matters worse, Tatis Jr., who missed the first half after injuring his wrist in a motorcycle accident, was caught taking a banned substance and was suspended for 80 games by the MLB Secretariat and missed the entire season. Tatis’ suspension still has 20 games remaining, so he can’t play in the first 20 games of the 2023 season.
During his disciplinary period, Tatis Jr. underwent surgery to treat his shoulder, which had been bothering him, and worked hard on rehabilitation. 온라인바카라
He was confident that he had fully recovered from his shoulder injury, saying, “The condition of my shoulder is 100 percent. It feels like it won’t dislocate anymore and I feel really safe. It feels good.”
At the same time, he promised his resurrection, saying, “2023 will be a great year. People will remember 2023 for a long time.”
With Tatis Jr. out, the San Diego infield was perfectly positioned. Ha-seong Kim has jumped to the starting lineup, and Zander Bogarts, who was recruited during the off-season, is expected to play shortstop.
Accordingly, Tatis Jr. is likely to play in the outfield rather than the infield. “I love playing in the outfield. The team will see what they need from me, and I’m ready for anything,” he said.
San Diego coach Bob Melvin said, “Tatis Jr. may move positions because he has to play 162 games,” and said, “There will be opportunities to see him in the infield. We haven’t decided anything yet.”