Aug 19, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT
Tony Gwynn Jr. has started 70 of 119 games in center field for the Padres, but they’ll likely be without him for the rest of the season thanks to a broken hamate bone in his right wrist.
Gwynn has been one of the worst hitters in the league, batting just .212/.313/.299 in 327 plate appearances, but he’s drawn a bunch of walks, swiped 17 bases at an 81-percent clip, and plays excellent defense in center field.
Chris Denorfia figures to be the Padres’ primary center fielder down the stretch, although Scott Hairston and perhaps Will Venable or Luis Durango could also see some action there.
San Diego signed Jody Gerut to a minor-league contract this afternoon, which is interesting because a) he has quite a bit of experience in center field, and b) he’s the guy the Padres traded to the Brewers to get Gwynn Jr. in May of last year.
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