According to the Padres official website, Chris Denorfia has the team’s first spring injury. He reported a sore back and has been limited in his workouts. He has not been restricted completely, but he won’t be taking batting practice with the team until his back feels better. Denorfia will still be able to play catch and hit in the batting cages.
Denorfia is quickly becoming a fan-favorite in San Diego. His hustle and work ethic have endeared him to fans. This offseason, the Padres extended Denorfia’s contract with a one-year deal worth $1.17 million. The outfielder will likely share duties with Kyle Blanks, Will Venable, and Mark Kotsay.
In his two seasons with San Diego, Denorfia has hit .274/.336/.406 with 14 home runs and 55 RBI. He has proven himself an above-average defensive player while playing all three outfield positions with the Padres. Denorfia will likely see the most playing time in right field and centerfield this upcoming season, but once again, he should get time at all three spots.
Denorfia’s back doesn’t seem to be much of a concern, but the Padres are taking no chances. They want the team healthy and ready for the start of the season. Manager, Bud Black said:
We’re confident he’s going to be fine.
Heading into the second full week of practices, Denorfia will take as much time as needed to get his back ready for live batting practice. The team is schedule to start hitting off pitchers instead of coaches this week. Denorfia has been the first reported injury of any kind so far in camp.