Report: Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. Involved in Minor Accident; Suffered Minor Scrapes

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVDecember 9, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 03: Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres strikes out in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on October 03, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brandon Vallance/Getty Images)
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San Diego Padres superstar shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. was reportedly involved in a minor accident involving a motorcycle in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, per Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

He was taken to a medical center for treatment, though he reportedly only suffered "minor scrapes."

Marty Caswell @MartyCaswell

Spoke with Bob Melvin at the Padres YMCA/Armed Forces toy drive, couldn't comment specifically when I asked if anyone in org (Tatis) had been in motorcycle accident but says as far as he knows, everything is ok

Tatis, 22, hit .282 with 42 homers, 97 RBI and 99 runs in 130 games last season, posting a .975 OPS. He was a first-time All-Star and finished third in the National League MVP balloting behind winner Bryce Harper and runner-up Juan Soto.

Had Tatis not missed 32 games after needing three separate stints on the injured list with an injured left shoulder, he may have ended up as the MVP.

Regardless, he's San Diego's best player and one of the most exciting talents in baseball, period. And he should be with the Padres for most of his career after signing a 14-year, $340 million deal that has him under contract through the 2034 season.

Any injury or accident to Tatis will be a major concern in San Diego, which is built around a core of the young shortstop, third baseman Manny Machado and pitchers Yu Darvish, Mike Clevinger and Blake Snell.