SAN DIEGO -- While Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia seemingly does not get much playing time in left field -- normally reserved for slugger Carlos Quentin -- Denorfia does get plenty of practice at the position.
As evidenced by a strong throw from left field to nail Shane Victorino at the plate in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Dodgers, Denorfia is comfortable at any of the outfield spots, despite making significantly more starts in right field (56) as opposed to left (11). With Quentin limited to pinch-hitting duties due to a sore knee, Denorfia delivered in a crucial situation with the throw home that saved a run.
Denorfia credits pregame work for his defensive versatility, knowing that the call could come to fill any of the outfield positions on a given night. The 32-year-old has also made four starts in center.
"I spend a lot of time before games with Dave Roberts, our outfield coach," Denorfia said. "I move around, I know that's part of my job. I get a little action at all of the spots if I can, at least a couple of times a week."
Manager Bud Black credits Denorfia's success to a focus on the fundamentals.
"Deno's game is based on being a fundamentally sound player," Black said. "[Tuesday], he charged that ball well, threw a one-hop strike to [catcher Yasmani Grandal]. It was a good play."