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Chris Denorfia may not be ready for Opening Day

Mar 13, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT


Chris Denorfia has yet to play a spring training game because of a lower back injury and manager Bud Black told Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune that the Padres are worried he won’t have enough to time be ready for Opening Day.

There is a little concern. He’s not progressing to the point where we know when he’s going to get into a game. It takes time to get game ready.

Denorfia is slated to be San Diego’s fourth outfielder, but figures to get a sizable amount of playing time because he can back up all three spots behind starters Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, and Will Venable. If he starts the season on the disabled list 36-year-old Mark Kotsay could be pushed into more outfield action.

  1. ptfu - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    If Norf can’t go by Opening Day, does that temporarily open a spot for Kyle Blanks? That would give a bench of Blanks, Kotsay, Jesus, Parrino, and Baker.

    Based on Brew Crew mumblings, I suspect Venable is a better CF than Kotsay these days, though that’s not saying much. Anyone seen Kotsay in the outfield recently?

    If the Padres insist on an outfielder that can actually play defense, then Blake Tekotte is next in line.

  2. gloccamorra - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Denorfia bats right, Tekotte bats left and has limited major league experience, while Blanks bats right, has more ML experience and has played both left and right fields at Petco. It’ll probably be Blanks, since he’s hitting well this Spring and is a home run threat, even at Petco.

  3. ch0psuey - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Ahh, no worries Inspector Gadget has a couple tricks up his sleeve…

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