Padres reveal Fernando Tatis Jr. still not cleared to swing bat after March wrist surgery

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All-Star Fernando Tatis Jr. is closing in on a return but has still not been cleared to swing a bat following wrist surgery in March.

The 2020 and 2021 All-MLB First Team shortstop had a follow-up exam on Monday after an operation on his broken wrist in March.

The San Diego Padres had initially placed a three-month timeframe on his recovery but general manager A.J. Preller said in an update after his latest exam that he has not yet been cleared to bat.

"Another MRI scan continues to show healing, but it was not quite at the level for ... a full green light," Preller said.

"Basically we're in a spot where we're going to progress week to week."

Tatis has resumed some baseball activities, including taking ground balls, throwing and running.

The 23-year-old has not played at all this season for the Padres, who held a 38-24 record prior to Tuesday's games, sitting second in the NL West behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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