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.
El Paso will play at Southwest University Park from April 11-16 against Albuquerque.
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.
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This article originally appeared on El Paso Times: Report: Fernando Tatis headed to El Paso for rehab assignment