San Diego Padres Outfielder Won't Be Ready For Opening Day; Placed On IL

San Diego Padres' outfielder Adam Engel is expected to begin the 2023 MLB season on the injured list due to a hamstring injury he sustained during a game.

This isn't the first time Engel has dealt with hamstring issues, as he has had recurring problems in recent years. In addition, Engel also missed some time during the pre-season due to a calf strain.

Engel's absence from the starting lineup could potentially open up playing time for other outfielders, especially in light of injuries to other key players.

Fernando Tatis Jr. is currently serving a suspension, while Juan Soto is dealing with an oblique injury.

In Engel's place, it is possible that José Azocar may play as the right fielder against left-handed pitchers and as a replacement for Matt Carpenter's defensive duties. David Dahl is also a likely candidate to fill in the bench spot left by Engel's absence.

It's currently unclear how long Engel will be sidelined, but it will likely depend on the severity of his injury and how well he responds to treatment.

The Padres signed Engel to a one-year deal earlier this offseason.

Engel was non-tendered by the Chicago White Sox last November after slashing a poor .224/.269/.310, with two home runs, 17 RBIs, 12 stolen bases and 32 runs scored across 119 games this past season.

The thirty-one-year-old is still a solid defender, maybe not as good as he once was, but more than capable in the outfield and in the corners.
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