MVP Candidate Fernando Tatis Jr. Reveals Why He Refuses Shoulder Surgery

Published 10/02/2021, 6:45 AM EDT
Sep 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (23) hits an RBI double against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning at at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports


Although the San Diego Padres will not make the postseason this year, Fernando Tatis Jr. has been a positive highlight of their season. The 22-year-old produced one of his finest seasons in the MLB, tallying MVP-caliber statistics in the National League.

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Despite suffering a serious shoulder injury earlier this season, the Dominican recovered to compete regularly this season. As the regular season draws to a close, Tatis Jr. admitted he wouldn’t need surgery to fix his shoulder.

Fernando Tatis Jr. dismisses the need for shoulder surgery

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Since making his MLB debut two years ago, Tatis Jr. struggled with injuries on a few occasions. In 2019, the Dominican suffered a back injury which saw him miss a sizeable chunk of his debut season in the MLB.

In a match against the Colorado Rockies this season, the 22-year-old suffered a partial dislocation of his left shoulder. While this put him on the 10-day injury list, he returned to play for the Padres. In a few other matches, he suffered more of such dislocations, which made many believe surgery was imminent.

Sep 19, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; San Diego Padres center fielder Fernando Tatis Jr. (23) walks back to the dugout after striking out during the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

In addition, he also moved from his regular position of shortstop to the outfield, which would put less strain on his shoulder. However, ahead of the Padres’ opening game of their final series against the San Francisco Giants, he revealed there’s no need to undergo shoulder surgery which would sideline him for many months.

He said“We’ll have a sit down with [general manager A.J. Preller] and the doctors, but I feel like everybody’s in a positive way with not taking the surgery. But we’ll see. I feel like I’m in a great spot. My shoulder is in a great spot. I feel very secure with where I’m at right now.”

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Tatis Jr. is just one short of 100 runs for the season

The 22-year old has stuffed the stat sheet with impressive numbers. After the Padres’ 3-0 loss to the Giants yesterday, he has 99 runs, 97 RBI and a staggering 42 home runs.

September 11, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (23) hits a two run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Although his last two games this season are against the Giants, one wouldn’t rule out Tatis Jr. getting to that century mark.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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