Report: Fernando Tatis headed to El Paso for rehab assignment

Fernando Tatis appears to be coming to El Paso.

The San Diego Union-Tribune, citing Tatis and sources in the San Diego Padres organization, reported that Tatis will start a 15-day rehab assignment with the El Paso Chihuahuas on April 4 when team is in Sacramento. He is eligible to return to the Padres on April 20.

San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. reacts after swinging at but missing a pitch during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on March 8 in Peoria, Arizona.
San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. reacts after swinging at but missing a pitch during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on March 8 in Peoria, Arizona.

El Paso will play at Southwest University Park from April 11-16 against Albuquerque.

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Tatis, an all-star in 2021, was serving an 80-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs. Tatis, who never played in Triple-A, was injured at the start of last season and it was speculated he could do his rehab assignment in El Paso, but his suspension prevented that.

The Union-Tribune said a key for Tatis in wanting to come to El Paso is his relationship with manager Phillip Wellman and hitting coach Raul Padron. They were with Double-A San Antonio when Tatis was there in 2017 and ‘18.

Bret Bloomquist can be reached at 915-546-6359; bbloomquist@elpasotimes.com; @Bretbloomquist on Twitter.

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