Pham slashed .190/.320/.286 with two doubles, four RBI and a stolen base before spring training was suspended. In his first spring camp with the Padres, Pham didn't produce much at the plate and was limited to DH duties as he dealt with mild side soreness. However, the 32-year-old was scheduled to return to the field on the day spring training was suspended. That -- along with his participation in a sandlot-style baseball game organized by Trevor Bauer -- suggests that Pham is recovered from the side issue and will be ready to play an everyday role for the Padres when the regular season gets underway.
Pham (side) has been taking part in "regular" outfield drills and was slated to play the field in Thursday's Cactus League game, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. While Pham has been swinging the bat as a designated hitter in spring games, he has yet to make his Cactus League debut in the field. The Padres' readiness to start Pham in left field Thursday suggests that he is nearly fully recovered from the side soreness that has hampered him since late February. However, his defensive debut will have to wait until at least April following Thursday's cancellation of spring training and corresponding delay of Opening Day as announced in a statement by MLB.
Pham (side) will play outfield sometime next week, with Wednesday a potential target date, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. Pham has been dealing with side soreness since early in camp. He's been able to play as a designated hitter but has yet to take the field, though he's been able to throw from 150 feet in practice. If he does indeed return to outfield duties by Wednesday, he'll have just over two weeks to prepare before the start of the regular season.
Pham (side) will serve as the Padres' designated hitter and will bat leadoff in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Royals, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Pham will be making his fourth start of the spring, with all of them coming as the Padres' designated hitter. The team remains reluctant to expose Pham to action in the outfield while he works through a side injury, but the expectation is that he'll be able to slot back into the field before the Padres wrap up their spring slate of games.
Pham (side) will bat second and serve as the Padres' designated hitter in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Giants, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Pham will be limited to DH duty for a second straight game while he looks to move past a sore side, but he should be ready to resume playing the outfield at some point during the upcoming week.