Padres counting on Pham to be part of lineup’s ‘heartbeat’

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PEORIA, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 20: Tommy Pham #28 of the San Diego Padres poses for a photo during Photo Day at Peoria Sports Complex on February 20, 2020 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Brady Klain/Getty Images)

PEORIA, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 20: Tommy Pham #28 of the San Diego Padres poses for a photo during Photo Day at Peoria Sports Complex on February 20, 2020 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Brady Klain/Getty Images)

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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham is expected to have an everyday role this season.

But first he has some catching up to do as he deals with a side injury that has factored into the decision to limit him to at-bats as a designated hitter in spring training games.

Pham acknowledges he has a long way to go with a little over three weeks until opening day.  

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