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Chris Denorfia may not be ready for Opening Day

Chris Denorfia

San Diego Padres’ Chris Denorfia celebrates after hitting a game-winning RBI-double during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, in San Diego. The Padres won 4-3. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)


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.