San Diego Padres star outfielder Fernando Tatis Jr.  begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday night.

Tatis began a rehab stint with Triple-A El Paso on Tuesday night in advance of his expected activation on April 20.

The 24 year-old Tatis was suspended for 80 games last August after a positive PED test, is afforded a 15-game rehab stint before his return to the big leagues.

Tatis was also eligible to participate in Spring Training, where he played regularly and began his full-time transition to right field.

On top of the suspension, Tatis is returning from surgeries last fall to his left wrist and shoulder. He started spring slowly, perhaps shaking off a bit of rust, as he went 0-for-his-first-16. 

Tatis then got hot, going 12-for-28 with a pair of home runs. He finished the spring with a .272 batting average.

In his Triple-A action, leading off and playing right field, Tatis went 1-for-2 with an RBI single, two walks and a run scored.

San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. Photo courtsey of Farm to Fame – Twitter


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