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Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. may miss ‘up to three months’ with broken wrist

Fernando Tatis Jr. could miss up to three months with a fractured wrist. (Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press)

San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. fractured his wrist during the offseason and could be out “up to three months.”

Padres General Manager A.J. Preller disclosed the injury in a session Monday with reporters, and Tatis later said a decision has not been reached on whether he will require surgery.

“It caught all of us off guard,” Tatis told reporters (via the San Diego Union-Tribune). “I was working out. I was doing my activities. It was getting worse over time while I was getting heavier in my workouts. It was a really big surprise. … It’s bad. It’s terrible. I feel like everybody is disappointed, especially me. We have a pretty good chance this year as a team. I just want to be out there for my teammates and for the fans.”

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Tatis said he began feeling pain after a minor motorcycle accident in early December.

“That was just bruises,” Tatis said of the accident. “I didn’t feel that much at the time. It was just one or two weeks [later] like when you jam your wrist sliding at second base. It was kind of the same feeling. I was swinging my ax at my ranch. I was feeling good. It got us by surprise.”

From there, the pain intensified as he was swinging. “It was nothing crazy,” he said. “I felt like it was something we could work through. I always play with pain. I felt I could get it through, but this time we obviously couldn’t get it.”

The 23-year-old infielder has finished among the top four in voting for National League MVP honors the past two seasons, hitting a league-best 42 home runs in 130 games in 2021 despite having a shoulder injury that bothered him all season. He has a .292 batting average, .369 on-base percentage and .596 slugging percentage with 81 home runs in the first 2½ seasons of his career.

He signed a 14-year, $340 million contract with the Padres last year.