During his offseason press conference‚ Padres manager Bob Melvin expressed his hope that Tatis' motorcycle days are over. A few months ago‚ the Padres signed Tatis to a 13-year‚ $340 million contract. In 2021‚ Tatis hit 42 home runs‚ drove in 99 runs‚ and stole 25 bases. Although he is the best player on the Padres‚ his offseason press conference provided insight into the potential impact his off-season activities can have on his career. When asked about the motorcycle accident‚ Tatis replied‚ which one? When pressed for specific details‚ he remained vague‚ saying‚ The one that happened last week‚ the one I was in last year. The Padres are unlikely to recoup the salary he signed with them‚ so they were not able to determine whether the motorcycle crash was a direct cause of the injuries. He initially said he would undergo surgery to repair a fractured wrist‚ but then added that the injury was a minor scrape and that he wouldn't require surgery. The Mets' belief is that Tatis had minor injuries. They didn't mention the wrist injury in their press conference‚ but they did say the sprain was a dislocation. Although the Mets did not mention the accident‚ they did say they would go to the Dominican Republic to check on Tatis. However‚ this was not the case. Regardless of how minor the injury‚ Tatis remains in a wheelchair for three months.
Probably not a great thing, when Fernando Tatis was asked when his motorcycle accident happened, he responded, 'which one.' — Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) March 14, 2022
Fernando Tatis Jr. fractured his wrist during the offseason, A.J. Preller said. He’s headed for a surgery that could come with a recovery time of up to three months. — Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) March 14, 2022
Tatis says he first felt his wrist flare up about a month ago. "Nothing crazy, I thought it was something we could work through," he said. Obviously, it wasn't. Tatis still hasn't made a decision on surgery. Appears likely that's where it's headed though. — AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) March 14, 2022
Tatís has pledged to the Padres that he will no longer ride on motorcycles. I’m told the injury has given Tatís renewed perspective on obligations to the organization, teammates, fans, and himself. (5/5) — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) March 15, 2022
So there were “a couple incidences” for Tatis this off-season where he got injured…and yup, when asked about the motorcycle accident he responds with “which one?” #Padres pic.twitter.com/YPjFMBHjl1 — Jim Russell (@JimRussellSD) March 14, 2022