Denorfia reports sore lower back

Denorfia reports sore lower back

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The first medical casualty of spring for the Padres doesn't appear to be much of a casualty at all.

San Diego manager Bud Black said that the team will be "slowing down" outfielder Chris Denorfia for a few days because of a sore lower back.

Denorfia was still able to play catch and hit some in the cage but he didn't take batting practice on the field with the rest of his teammates.

The Padres position players will take live batting practice on the field -- facing pitchers and not coaches -- starting Monday. If Denorfia misses a day or two, it doesn't figure to set him back much.

"We're confident that he's going to be fine," Black said.

The Padres went the entire first week of camp without so much as a scratch or anyone reporting soreness in camp. Black said Saturday players don't usually start to report such soreness until the second or third week of camp. So far, it's been relatively quiet.