Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. makes Padres opening day roster


SAN DIEGO (AP) – Fernando Tatis Jr., the No. 2 overall prospect in baseball, has made the San Diego Padres’ opening day roster, his father told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.

Fernando Tatis, who played parts of 11 seasons in the big leagues, said he received a call from his son after the team’s exhibition game in Seattle informing him of the team’s decision. The senior Tatis said he was making arrangements to travel from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, to San Diego for opening day Thursday against the San Francisco Giants.

“He’s very happy about it,” Tatis said. “He was very excited. I’m very happy.”

The left side of the Padres’ infield will be Tatis at shortstop and All-Star slugger Manny Machado at third base.

The Athletic first reported that Tatis had made the opening day roster. Team officials didn’t respond to requests for comment.

There was a belief that Tatis would start the season in Triple-A, in order to delay his service time clock and because he’s never played above Double-A.


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San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. (84) tags out Cleveland Indians’ Leonys Martin, left, in a rundown during the third inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 18, 2019, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)