Tatis is having surgery on his left shoulder

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Recently suspended All-Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, the San Diego Padres said.

The operation was performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Neal ElAttache, a Dodgers and Rams doctor in that city. The operation was originally scheduled to take place the week before but was postponed because Tatis contracted a strep infection.

It is estimated that recovery after shoulder surgery takes four to six months. The Dominican baseball player’s preseason could be delayed, but if all goes well, he would have made a full recovery while serving his 80-game suspension imposed after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Tatis missed the first four months of this season with a broken left wrist, an injury reportedly sustained in an off-season motorcycle accident.

The player was close to returning after this injury. But on Aug. 12, Major League Baseball suspended him after testing positive for the drug.

Almost a third of the 2023 campaign will be lost.

Tatis suffered multiple dislocations in his left shoulder last season. The Padres hoped he would opt for surgery to solve the problem in the offseason.

The player preferred not to undergo surgery. He then broke his wrist, an injury not diagnosed until he showed up for spring training. He underwent surgery in mid-March.

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