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|Hoffpauir anxious to re-join Padres|
Jarrett Hoffpauir hoped to be sitting in the San Diego Padre dugout when the National League West team defeated his former St. Louis Cardinal team 5-3 in St. Louis.
But Hoffpauir was placed on the 15-day disabled list after straining his quad in his right leg.
"It was just one of those things," said Hoffpauir, who played in four spring training games, hitting .375 with a home run and two walks. "I felt like I would have made the opening day roster. But there's a reason for everything."
Hoffpauir said he will spend time rehabbing with the Padres' triple-A team in Tucson before joining the Padres. The former Vidalia High and Southern Miss standout said he has talked to San Diego manager Bud Black several times and was told the organization was pleased with his play.
"They have been very supportive, but, of course, there are no guarantees," Hoffpauir said. "Coach Black is very easy to talk to. Right now they just want me to get healthy."
Hoffpauir said he was unaware of the injury at first.
"I was doing some base-running conditioning drills and just felt a little bit of a strain," he said. "Over time it just got worst. I tried to come back too early and kept aggravating it."
Hoffpauir said after he joins the Padres, he will either make the 25-man roster, be sent down to the minors or get placed on waivers if he does not make the team.
"It's just frustrating because I was hitting the ball and playing well defensively," he said. "I just have to deal with it. I'm going to stay positive and keep a good attitude."
Hoffpauir finished up the 2010 baseball season on the East Coast with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Hoffpauir hit .295 with 16 home runs and 73 RBIs with a .376 on-base percentage and a .494 slugging percentage for Triple-A Las Vegas in 2010.
Hoffpauir, a sixth-round pick of the Cardinals in 2004, hit for the cycle twice in 2010 for Las Vegas. He hit .250 in a 12 at-bat stint with the Cardinals in 2009.
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