Fernando Tatis Jr. aims to play smarter after injury
Fernando Tatis Jr. wants to play a bit smarter to avoid further injury. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Fernando Tatis Jr. will spend the 2021 season battling through a shoulder injury that he suffered roughly two weeks ago, and he’s trying to learn some lessons from it.

The San Diego Padres star suffered the injury swinging and missing on a strikeout in an April 5 game against the San Francisco Giants. He returned to the lineup on Friday with a home run, but he admitted he plans to play a bit smarter to avoid further injury.

Tatis’ all-out style has endeared him to fans, but it also increases the risk of injury. He won’t want to lose it completely, but part of his maturation process will likely be knowing when to be aggressive and when to ease up a bit for his own good.

The Padres have invested very heavily in Tatis. They’ll want to see him keep what makes him great, but they won’t want him spending extensive time on the IL because of it, either.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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