San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin did not hide his expectations for Fernando Tatis Jr., who is about to return.
In an interview ahead of an away game against the New York Mets at Citi Field in Flushing, New York, USA on the 12th (hereinafter Korean time), Melvin said, “Considering what we saw in spring camp and what kind of player he is, the expectations for him are very high. High,” he said of Tatis.
Tatis was sentenced to an 80-game suspension in August last year after being caught using a banned substance, Clestebol.
This discipline continues into this season. If the team plays the remaining games as scheduled, they can play starting from the away game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on the 21st.
He is currently rehabbing with Triple-A El Paso. He is 3-for-13 with 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 6 walks and 2 strikeouts in 4 games.
Coach Melvin said, 메이저사이트“You have to know that he hasn’t played in nearly a year and a half,” but he didn’t hide his expectations, saying, “At the same time, he’s a very special talent.”
He continued, “Can we expect OPS to go over 1 at the end of the season? I do not know. But he looked good in spring camp, and I’m happy to see him playing again.”
Tatis will play right field when he returns. Currently, the position is shared between Lougned Odor, Brandon Dixon and Jose Ajoca.
Melvin said “somebody’s not going to be here” when Tatis returns, but hints that other players will have a chance, saying “I don’t know if he’s going to play 25 games in a row.”
When asked about the proportion of participation, he said, “It is a problem to be solved by communicating with the trainers. For now, I will be in the lineup on the first day.”
Meanwhile, the San Diego Padres faced lefty David Peterson that day with Xander Bogatz (shortstop) Manny Machado (3 baseman) Juan Soto (left fielder) Nelson Cruz (designated hitter) Jake Cronenworth (1st baseman) Kim Ha-seong (2nd baseman) Luis Campusano (2nd baseman). Catcher) Trent Grisham (center fielder) Brandon Dixon (right fielder) announced the lineup. Lefty Ryan Weathers is on the mound.