While the San Diego Padres continue to bask in the afterglow of Joe Musgrove’s no-hitter on Friday night – they got shot in the arm in the way of some positive news on Saturday.
Not only did the Padres win again against the Texas Rangers on the road, but Bob Nightengale let loose a report about the franchise cornerstone Fernando Tatis Jr. early Saturday.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) April 10, 2021
In short, Nightengale says the Padres are quite encouraged by Tatis Jr.’s progress and that the organization could activate the young superstar by this upcoming weekend’s big series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Honestly, we aren’t sure that this could possibly be true. First, how much progress could Tatis Jr. possible have made in the span of a few days? This sounded like an injury to the rotator cuff in which would take months of rehab and strengthening the area just to see him on a field again this season.
Second, there was this article written by a doctor in which he expressed doubt that we see Tatis Jr. again in 2021. Additionally, he accused Padres’ general manager A.J. Preller of being coy and dishonest in his updates about the shortstop.
Surely, we would love to see Tatis Jr. get on the field because it’s great for the game. There are few rosters in baseball that are as exciting as the one the Padres have assembled as long as Tatis Jr. is part of it. With him, we think they will take the Dodgers 12 rounds in a heavyweight fight for the NL West division. Without him, and one would have to be surprised to see them win 90 games despite being deep in their pitching rotation.
However, if some reason there is a miracle and Tatis Jr. finds his way back to the field this quickly; the pendulum of power could finally swing in the direction of San Diego. He’s that good when he’s in the middle of their lineup. And seeing them battle the Dodgers all summer long night after night would be one of the best storylines in a sport that desperately needs it.