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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A San Antonio either Saturday or Sunday, San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin said.

Tatis took batting practice with the Padres at Dodger Stadium on Friday afternoon and then left for Texas. Tatis has been sidelined since having surgery in mid-March on his fractured left wrist, reportedly suffered in an offseason motorcycle accident in his native Dominican Republic.

Although there’s no timetable for his return, starting the rehab assignment is a big step for Tatis and the Padres.

“He didn’t have a spring and hasn’t played in the field yet, so we’ll monitor as we go along,” Melvin said.

Tatis will play shortstop, center field and spend time as the designated hitter.

When Tatis returns, he’ll be in a new-look lineup with newly acquired superstar Juan Soto, Josh Bell and Brandon Drury, all obtained before Tuesday’s trade deadline. San Diego also landed All-Star closer Josh Hader.

Tatis was an All-Star in 2021 and finished third in voting for NL MVP. He batted .282 with an NL-leading 42 home runs and 97 RBIs.

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John Travolta pays tribute to Grease co-star Olivia Newton-John after her death

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John Travolta paid tribute to lifelong friend and former co-star Olivia Newton-John, who died Monday at age 73. 

“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much,” he captioned a touching Instagram post, accompanied by a throwback photo Newton-John.  

“We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!

The actors famously starred alongside each other in “Grease.”

Travolta, 68, played Danny Zuko in the iconic 1978 film, while Newton-John played Sandy Olsson. The pair remained close for decades after working together on the beloved movie musical.

Newton-John passed away at her ranch in Southern California, surrounded by family and friends following a long battle with cancer, according to a statement posted on her official Facebook page. 

“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” the statement read.

“Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer.”

Travolta frequently checked in with Newton-John over the years. He opened up about their relationship — and shared a hopeful health update — during a 2019 interview with Us Weekly.  

“We were together not that long ago, about three months ago, and we text each other all the time,” he told the outlet at the premiere of his film “The Fanatic.” 

“If I go to see her personally, we usually have dinner and catch up. And recently we’ve been talking about trying to do something together.”

He added that the Australian actress was “doing great” and “[looked] fantastic!”

“I’m so proud of her,” Travolta further gushed. “She’s pulling it off like I’ve never seen anybody [do].” 

Just one year prior, Newton-John revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer for a third time. 

“It was a challenging year because I broke my sacrum and I had to learn to walk again and everything,” Olivia, whose stage-four cancer had metastasized to her bones, told “Entertainment Tonight” at the time. 

“But I am strong, and I am back, and I’m feeling good and loving every minute.”

Newton-John is survived by her husband of 14 years, John Easterling, and her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, 36.

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