Opening Day 2014: Looking At The National League West

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The Padres are just the latest team to be teased by the talent and tormented by the injury history of Josh Johnson. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

4. San Diego Padres

Last year: 76-86, tied for third place
Projected finish: Fourth place

What’s New: RHP Joaquin Benoit (Detroit), RHP Josh Johnson (Toronto), OF Seth Smith (Oakland), LHP Alex Torres (Tampa Bay).

Who’s Gone: INF Logan Forsythe (Tampa Bay), RHP Luke Gregerson (Oakland), OF Mark Kotsay (retired).

Who’s Down: LHP Cory Luebke (60-day DL, Tommy John surgery), Joe Wieland (15-day DL, right elbow surgery), LF Carlos Quentin (15-day DL, bruised left knee), CF Cameron Maybin (15-day DL, ruptured left biceps tendon), RHP Casey Kelly (15-day DL, recovering from Tommy John surgery), RHP Josh Johnson (15-day DL, right forearm strain).

Outlook: San Diego did pick up an Opening Night win on Sunday, getting a strong outing from Andrew Cashner. But one of the perceived strengths for the Padres—starting pitching depth—took a huge hit with the injuries to Cory Luebke (gone for the year), Joe Weiland (might be back around the All-Star break) and Josh Johnson (maybe a return in late April). The Padres aren’t built to slug with anybody, but will be looking for a bounce-back year from free-agent-to-be Chase Headley, who slumped to .250/.347/.400 with 13 homers and 50 RBI after finishing in the top five in the MVP voting in 2012 after leading the NL with 115 RBI and hitting .286/.376/.498 and 31 homers.