Tommy Pham was reinstated from the injured list Friday and will serve as the Padres’ designated hitter.
His return may well contribute to the Padres eventually having too many good options to fit them all in the lineup at the start of playoff games.
But a decision on who gets the bulk of the starts at designated hitter and in left field aren’t necessarily as imminent as the returns of Eric Hosmer and Pham from the injured list.
Pham had surgery Aug. 17 to repair a hamate bone fracture in his left hand. Hosmer fractured his left index finger Sept. 7. Hosmer is expected to follow Pham back in short order, perhaps as soon as Saturday.