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Chris Denorfia | Outfielder

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/15/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 194
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Chris Denorfia (shoulder) got "7 or 8 at-bats" Thursday and should be ready to go by Opening Day.
Denorfia has been sidelined by a sore right shoulder, but he's progressing as expected and will likely be back with the Padres for Sunday's opener. It's especially important for the Padres to have Denorfia back with outfielders Cameron Maybin and Carlos Quentin both prepared to begin the season on the disabled list. Mar 28 - 7:09 PM

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Chris Denorfia (shoulder) played catch and took swings in the batting cage Wednesday.

Padres manager Bud Black is still optimistic Denorfia will be ready for Opening Day as he returns from right shoulder soreness. The outfielder will stay behind in Arizona to play in a minor league game Thursday and could be back in the Padres' lineup as soon as Friday. It's a photo finish as to whether he'll be in the team's lineup Sunday.
Mar 26 - 7:26 PM

Padres manager Bud Black said Tuesday that Chris Denorfia (shoulder) is not a disabled list candidate at this time, but "it's going to be close to the finish line."

Denorfia has missed the last few games with right shoulder soreness. It's not clear when the outfielder could return to game action, but obviously he's running out of time. Denorfia is again slated to see plenty of playing time against lefties this season.
Mar 25 - 6:58 PM

Chris Denorfia was scratched from Thursday's lineup with right shoulder soreness.

It's not expected to be a big deal, so Denorfia should return to action within the next few days. Barring a setback, he should be fine for Opening Day.
Mar 21 - 8:33 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have expressed some interest in Chris Denorfia.

Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com reported last week that "at least a half-dozen" teams have asked the Padres about Denorfia but that the club is hesitant to trade him. Cafardo thinks the Red Sox might be able to add Denorfia only if they traded Mike Carp or Daniel Nava first.
Jan 5 - 10:09 AM

Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com reports that "at least a half-dozen" teams have asked the Padres about Chris Denorfia.

Gammons says general manager Josh Byrnes has told the inquiring clubs that he "simply won’t deal Denorfia as long as he thinks the Padres can contend for a postseason berth." Denorfia can play all three outfield positions and is a career .308/.374/.459 hitter against left-handed pitching, so he's certainly a useful player. It's no surprise the Pads want to hang on to him given that he'll make just $2.25 million in 2014.
Jan 2 - 7:32 PM

Chris Denorfia led off Saturday's game with a solo homer, helping to power the Padres to a 9-3 rout over the Giants.

Denorfia finished the night 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI, and also swiped his 11th base of the season. Primarily utilized as a platoon option, he's slashing a solid .274/.336/.391
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 07:27:00 PM

Chris Denorfia finished 2-for-3 with a walk in Thursday's loss to the Mets.

While this won't show in the box score, Denorfia made a critical mistake in the top of the eighth inning by misplaying a ball off the bat of Marlon Byrd which went over his head for a go-ahead two-run double. Fortunately, that doesn't hurt him from a fantasy perspective. Currently receiving regular playing time in the Padres' outfield, Denorfia has reached base safely in 10 consecutive games.
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 01:30:00 AM

Chris Denorfia launched a pinch-hit, walk-off two-run homer off Aroldis Chapman to push San Diego to a 2-1 victory over Cincinnati on Monday.

Yonder Alonso walked to lead off the inning and San Diego called on Denforia to replace Will Venable. Denorfia's 424-foot shot to center field was his second home run in three days. He's batting .266 with nine homers and 33 RBI over 96 games.
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 02:15:00 AM

Chris Denorfia went 2-for-2 with a walk, a homer, two RBI and two runs scored in Friday's victory over the Dodgers.

All five of him homers this year have come off southpaws, including this evening's bomb off of Clayton Kershaw. Cameron Maybin's injuries have meant increased playing time for Denorfia, who has posted a .278/.336/.392 slash line with five homers and seven steals over 227 at-bats on the year.
Sat, Jun 22, 2013 01:28:00 AM

Chris Denorfia hit a two-run homer off the Braves' Paul Maholm on Wednesday.

Denorfia was set to lose a lot of playing time with Cameron Maybin back, but now he'll return to starting against some righties. He was going to keep on playing against lefties regardless. All four of him homers this year have come off southpaws.
Wed, Jun 12, 2013 06:44:00 PM

Chris Denorfia went 3-for-4 with a steal and an RBI versus the Cardinals on Monday.

Certainly one of the game's most unheralded players, Denorfia keeps producing no matter which outfield position the Padres may ask him to play on a given night. The 32-year-old is batting .301/.352/.406 with five steals (and no pickoffs), two homers, 14 RBI and 19 runs and 133 at-bats. He's given NL-only owners everything they could have hoped for.
Tue, May 21, 2013 01:12:00 AM

Chris Denorfia went 3-for-6 with a double, a steal and two runs scored versus the Dodgers on Tuesday.

If Denorfia isn't the game's best fourth outfielder, he's gotta be in the top three. Getting extra playing time now with Carlos Quentin sitting out, he's 15-for-38 with a .465 OBP this year.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 01:29:00 AM

Chris Denorfia went 4-for-6 with a double and two RBI versus the Cardinals on Monday.

Denorfia has put together a 10-game hitting streak, even though he had just one at-bat in two of those games, and his average is up to .303. He's been one of the game's best role players this year.
Tue, Sep 11, 2012 01:40:00 AM

Padres signed OF Chris Denorfia to a two-year, $4.25 million contract extension.

Denorfia would have been eligible for arbitration one last time this winter, so the Padres have bought out one free agent year. He has put up a solid .290/.346/.445 batting line with six homers and nine steals this season. The 32-year-old is also a career .314/.380/.445 hitter against left-handed pitching, which helps to make him a decent extra outfielder.
Wed, Sep 5, 2012 07:55:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Nick Hundley
3Rene Rivera
1B1Yonder Alonso
2Tommy Medica
2B1Jedd Gyorko
2Alexi Amarista
SS1Everth Cabrera
3B1Chase Headley
LF1Carlos Quentin
2Xavier Nady
CF1Will Venable
2Cameron Maybin
RF1Seth Smith
2Chris Denorfia
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Andrew Cashner
2Ian Kennedy
3Josh Johnson
4Tyson Ross
5Eric Stults
6Robbie Erlin
7Cory Luebke
8Casey Kelly
9Joe Wieland
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Huston Street
2Joaquin Benoit
3Dale Thayer
4Nick Vincent
5Alex Torres
6Tim Stauffer
7Donn Roach
8Bobby LaFromboise