Fernando Tatis Jr. hit two home runs and played in right field for the first time as a professional after returning from the San Diego Padres’ injured list on Sunday, helping the team defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-2.
“Make them remember why they missed you,” Tatis bragged after the game.
The 22-year-old All-Star hit his first home run in the third inning, sending the ball to the left-field stands, and hit another in the fifth.
“Fernando being Fernando,” said first baseman Eric Hosmer. “It never ceases to amaze any of us.”
The game counted as Tatis’ fifth game this season where he hit multiple home runs and the eighth of his career. In the eighth inning, he brought home Victor Caratini and Trent Grisham after hitting a bases-loaded single.
Tatis was added to the injured list on July 31 after dislocating his left shoulder for the third time this year.
In a game against the San Francisco on April 5, Tatis partially dislocated his left shoulder, and he was added to the 10-day injured list. He reinjured his shoulder on June 19 in a game against Cincinnati and had to miss one game.
He hurt the same shoulder while making a throw in a spring training game, but recovered after two days. He said he had been suffering from shoulder discomfort. He also missed eight games in May after his COVID-19 test returned positive.