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San Diego Padres: 5 Most Intriguing Spring Position Battles
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Carlos Quentin's knee surgery complicates the Padres' left field situation.

San Diego's biggest roster competition has traditionally been among the pitchers, as starters like Mat Latos develop and move on, to be replaced by other prospects.

Same goes for the bullpen; even though the Padres lost setup man Mike Adams and closer Heath Bell, they look ready to reload the bullpen—but they have more bullets than the magazine will hold.

At the start of spring training, it looked as if there might be only one position player spot up for grabs on the San Diego roster: utility infielder, with switch-hitting Everth Cabrera battling Logan Forsythe for the spot.

Then came the injuries.

Forsythe aggravated an old fracture in his left foot, and Cabrera strained his shoulder.

Outfielder Carlos Quentin just underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and is expected to miss the next four to six weeks.

Outfielder Chris Denorfia is suffering from inflammation in his lower back that has kept him out of action for much of spring training.

So where does this leave the San Diego roster?

This slideshow should help answer that question.

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