San Diego Padres supervisor Bob Melvin reached out to suspended All-Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr in a telephone name Saturday and stated the participant “feels remorseful”.
Melvin didn’t reveal anything about what he termed a “personal dialog” with Tatis, the dynamic fan favourite whose 80-game ban for testing constructive for a performance-enhancing anabolic steroid, Clostebol, was introduced by Main League Baseball shortly earlier than the beginning of San Diego’s 10-5 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday.
The primary-year Padres skipper stated he didn’t really feel the necessity to talk about the Tatis suspension with different gamers once more earlier than Saturday’s sport at Nationals Park.
Requested by a reporter whether or not he would need Tatis to talk to his teammates about what occurred, Melvin replied: “I don’t know the place and when that will probably occur, so I’m undecided at this level.”
Another Padres gamers had been crucial of their feedback after Friday’s sport, together with pitcher Mike Clevinger, who talked about being “disenchanted” in Tatis and hoping the shortstop realizes “it’s about extra than simply him proper now.”
A proficient hitter and fielder, Tatis led the Nationwide League with 42 residence runs final season, pairing with third baseman Manny Machado to offer the Padres a feared center of the order. However Tatis had not performed in any respect in 2022 as a result of he broke his left wrist within the offseason – in what’s believed to have been a motorbike accident within the Dominican Republic.
Tatis had surgical procedure in mid-March and had been anticipated to hitch the Padres quickly to assist them make a push for an NL wild-card berth; they’re presently third within the race for a type of three spots. San Diego entered Saturday’s sport towards Washington with a report of 64-51.
Padres normal supervisor AJ Preller boosted his roster forward of the commerce deadline earlier this month, including sluggers Juan Soto and Josh Bell from the Nationals, nearer Josh Hader from the Milwaukee Brewers and infielder Brandon Drury from the Cincinnati Reds.
Melvin figures these new faces will assist make the absence of Tatis for the rest of this season – he’ll additionally miss the beginning of subsequent season – simpler to cope with.
“We like our workforce very a lot. If someone bought injured alongside the best way right here, we’d nonetheless be ok with our workforce,” Melvin stated. “In order that’s form of how it’s a must to deal with the Tatis state of affairs.”
One further component of that is no matter uncertainty there was about when Tatis would have the ability to play in 2022 – and the way that may have an effect on the lineup – is now gone.
“You didn’t actually 100% for certain know the way he was going to reply as soon as he did come again and begin taking part in. There’s some finality in what we all know we’ve got right here for the following – what’s it? – six weeks or so till the top of the season,” Melvin stated. “And we just like the group that we’ve got.”