Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.
With the left-handed-hitting Franchy Cordero starting a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso, the Padres outfield situation could be changing soon.
Green discussed the future of Josh Naylor after the Padres return to National League parks.
“There is definitely still a spot for Naylor,” said Green. “He’s the only left-handed bat in the outfield mix right now. We’ve shown how badly we need that at times. There’s just not the opportunity to do that in the outfield right now.
“We have exposed Josh to right field. He’s held his own. We love his bat. He hits the ball as hard as anyone in the game.”
Green was asked about having Reyes and Naylor in the outfield at the same time.
“It’d be an outfield we’d unwind defensively late in games like we do all the time,” said Green. “We’d get Manuel Margot out there late to unwind an offensive-oriented outfield that we send out there. We figure it out based on where the spot falls in the lineup on who we take out. We probably don’t have the luxury of two defensive replacements late.
“Those guys are going to continue to grow as defenders. Josh is very young in the outfield at this point in time. He started playing left last season and right this year. But he can do everything you need him to do. He can throw, he can go get it. He’s faster than you’d expect him to be. He just has limited experience.”
Green discussed the Padres lineup as well.
“We have guys we like up and down the order,” said Green. “It’s great to see Wil [Myers] coming back. He’s one of those guys who can be game-changing for us. Despite what some people believe, Ian Kinsler has actually swung the bat really well in the month of May. He’s bounced back from a rough April. Hunter [Renfroe] has had huge hits all season long.
“When you look up at the scoreboard and you’re hamstrung by the numbers you created in April, people don’t realize when you start playing better. Ian and Austin Hedges dug themselves some holes from the numbers perspective. Ian doesn’t care about numbers.
“We’ve had better at-bats. We’ve drawn more walks in some recent games. That’s a rarity in baseball today across the game and it’s been tough at times for us to pull it off. We’re going to take the home runs when they come. We have a lot of power. We have a lot of guys who can slug. We can do a lot of damage, especially in a ballpark like this. We have a resilient group. It’s a different guy all the time. That’s what it takes to win.”