San Diego Padres’ 5 Most Criticized Players of Spring Training

The San Diego Padres' 5 Most Criticized Players of Spring Training

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As Spring Training is wrapping up and rosters start to finalize, the San Diego Padres are going into their opening series looking relatively the same offensively with some upgrades to their pitching staff. The Padres are concerned the most about health, and here are some those same Padres who've caught the most heat during this season’s spring training.

5. Chase Headley

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5. Chase Headley

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Chase Headley has a lot to play for this season. The competitor wants to help his current team winning, but the business man wants to make the best of his last signed year in San Diego. The problem for both men is Chase Headley’s calf. His injury brings up a lot of questions about his health and how much he can contribute in the future.

4. Cameron Maybin

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4. Cameron Maybin

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Cameron Maybin’s inability to stay healthy is concerning to the Padres organization. Pegged to be the rising star in 2011 after being traded from the then Florida Marlins, Maybin hasn’t played in over 100 games since 2012. A healthy Maybin is an upgrade in center field over Alexi Amarista and inevitably would keep Venable in right field.

3. Carlos Quentin

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3. Carlos Quentin

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The veteran left fielder for the Padres is again having issues with his health. Quentin’s knee will hinder his attempts at achieving his goal of starting 120 games this 2014 season. The reality is that he’s going to be platooned or see some time on the DL this season.

2. Alex Torres

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2. Alex Torres

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Alex Torres is the left-hander in the bullpen the Padres needed after dealing Joe Thatcher to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The problem is that because of visa problems he has been awful in his appearances. His last outing produced three walks, two wild pitches and one run allowed. I'm sure it'll work itself out, but when will that happen?

1. Joe Wieland

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1. Joe Wieland

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One of the highlights of the Mike Adams deal to the Texas Rangers, he hasn’t fully shown promise yet because of his elbow. Joe Wieland saw Tommy John surgery in 2012 and was shut down for 2013. He had some tightness in the same elbow this Spring Training which raises a lot of questions for his future. He is pegged as one of the starters for the future, but what is it about those young Padres' arms?

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