Padres’ Sledge anxious

first_imgSledge, who said he’s down from 210 pounds last season to 195, is slotted to take over in left field after Dave Roberts signed an $18 million, three-year deal with San Francisco. There also has been talk that Sledge would take over the leadoff spot, but he said he hasn’t talked to club officials about it. But he knows he can’t fully replace Roberts. “That’s the thing,” Sledge said. “I know I can’t be him in the sense that he can steal 50 bases every year. He’s part of the last of a dying breed of leadoff hitters. I feel I can bring a little more power if they wanted me to be a leadoff hitter.” Sledge came to the Padres along with right-hander Chris Young and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez in a trade with Texas before last season. He hit .229 with two homers in 38 games in 2006. PEORIA, Ariz. – Padres left fielder Terrmel Sledge reported to camp on Saturday, four days early and 15 pounds lighter. Sledge arrived at Peoria Sports Complex and was met by a dozen pitchers and catchers just returning from a running session. Position players report on Wednesday with the first workout slated for Friday. Sledge said he lost weight by altering his diet at the end of last season, mainly by cutting out desserts and fried foods. “I’ve always been in pretty good shape,” Sledge said. “But it will take a toll on you over 162 games. I’m not a health nut, but I’m leaning toward that way. I feel a lot more energetic.” center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img