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Padres officially activate Fernando Tatis Jr. before Friday’s game vs. Dodgers

The San Diego superstar has missed the minimum 10 days after suffering a shoulder subluxation.

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UPDATE: The Padres officially activated Tatis from the 10-day IL on Friday.

San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. is likely to return to the diamond tonight, just in time for the first of 19 battles this season in the game’s most meaningful rivalry.

Padres beat writer Kevin Acee tweeted Thursday that San Diego intends to activate Tatis off of the injured list before Friday’s series-opening home game versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. The third-year superstar has spent the minimum 10 days on the IL after he suffered a left shoulder subluxation on April 5.

Such a quick return is remarkable considering how Tatis went down in a heap when he got injured at the end of a long swing that also did some damage to his labrum. However, the Padres are aiming to get him back into their lineup for this showdown between possibly the two best teams in the National League. And they don’t seem too fond of one another.

Fantasy managers obviously have no choice here — you need to activate Tatis as soon as the Padres do. Admittedly, that ignores a lot of risks. It’s hard to believe that Tatis is truly 100 percent healthy. The odds of a re-injury are high. He’s facing the Dodgers, who have lined up Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw and Trevor Bauer to take the mound this weekend in San Diego. But you can overlook those risks when you’re talking about one of the best players in baseball.

Tatis was only 3-for-18 with one RBI prior to his injury. Friday’s first pitch between the Padres and the Dodgers is set for 10:10 p.m. Eastern.