PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres are expecting to get one of the top hitters in the World Baseball Classic back in camp Friday, as outfielder Chris Denorfia returns to Peoria after playing for Italy.
Denorfia hit .381 in five games in the Classic for Italy, which lost a pair of one-run games this week -- 5-4 to the Dominican Republic and then a 4-3 setback in an elimination game against Puerto Rico.
When he arrives in Arizona, manager Bud Black won't throw him right back into games. "We'll give him a couple of days to unwind," Black said. "He got a lot of at-bats."
Denorfia reported to camp in February ahead of the rest of the Padres position players, knowing that he would be pulled away when Italy competed in Pool D of the Classic in Phoenix. Italy and Team USA made it out of that pool, advancing to Miami.
Before leaving for the Classic, Denorfia amassed 16 at-bats in Cactus League games, hitting .375 with a double and two RBIs.
The lone remaining members of the Padres organization still participating in the Classic are pitchers Edinson Volquez, who actually faced Denorfia and Italy earlier this week, and Luke Gregerson.