The position of Fernando Tatis Jr. (San Diego Padres) has been decided.
American sports media Call to the Pen said on the 23rd (Korean time), “Tatis Jr. will be the new left fielder for San Diego in the 2023 season.”
Tatis Jr. had a total of three surgeries last year alone. After the 2021 season, he suffered a fractured wrist in a motorcycle accident and was on the operating table. Of course, he had no choice but to cause setbacks in preparation for the season. Later, during the rehabilitation process, Tatis Jr. was caught taking a banned substance and was suspended for 80 games.
Tatis Jr., who was forced to miss the entire 2022 season due to injury and suspension, has been fixing areas that have not been good. He underwent surgery on his left shoulder in September and again on his wrist in October.
Now, he is preparing to compete with a more perfect body. However, his position has changed.
The media said, “San Diego wanted to improve the lineup and be more aggressive, especially in the corner outfield position, to get more athleticism. Through a trade and a free agent, San Diego decided to move Tatis Jr. to left field. Zander Bogarts It is a decision due to the joining of 안전놀이터
However, Tatis Jr.’s outfield experience is not so much. He played 16 games in right field and 7 games in center field in the 2021 season. Nevertheless, his ability was highly evaluated locally.
The media predicted, “His versatility will be of great help in the 2023 season.”
With Tatis Jr.’s shift to left field, San Diego will start the 2023 season with Trent Grisham in center field and Juan Soto in right field.