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San Diego Padres Bitten by Injury Bug but Confident Anyway

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Whether it is at the first of the spring season or going into the final week, no one likes to see injuries during the preseason. The San Diego Padres have a bit of an issue so far with injuries and it seems to be getting worse, not better. Enough people had already gotten injured that I would be stressing if I ran the team. Then their star third baseman Chase Headley went and broke his thumb. Now it really looks bleak, right?

Nah, the Padres aren’t worried. Should they be, though? Here is the latest list. Outfield prospect Rymer Liriano is out for the season with an elbow injury. Starting rotation hopeful Casey Kelly will miss the season after Tommy-John surgery on his pitching arm. Carlos Quentin aggravated his repaired knee and is slow to return. Infielder Logan Forsythe has been bothered by Plantar Fasciitis. Both Forsythe and Quentin hope to be back by opening day, the others aren’t so lucky.

Why aren’t they worried? Look at that list! Well, actually if you close enough you will see why they aren’t. The most serious injuries are to players that were not a lock for the team anyway. The only everyday player that has a bad injury is Headley. That is plenty bad enough. Still his injury will have him out for a month and then he should be back and ready to go. If everything falls in the right way, the Padres should be back to full strength by early May. Not to jinx them, but it appears they got a good deal with the injury bug in 2013.

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