Injury to Eckstein won’t hasten Padres push for help

San Diego general manager Jed Hoyer said on Thursday the calf injury
that landed second baseman David Eckstein on the 15-day disabled list
won’t hasten or change the way the team is approaching the July 31
non-wavier Trade Deadline.

“We still don’t have a feel for Eck’s injury yet, so we don’t want to
prioritize an infielder. … We have been looking at infield depth
anyway, so it doesn’t change our course,” Hoyer said.

The Padres will know more about the extent of Eckstein’s injury after
they return home late Sunday after a game in Pittsburgh. He’ll likely
have an MRI on the calf on Monday

The team, for the foreseeable future, will cover second base with Jerry
Hairston, who is hitting .348 since July 5. Everth Cabrera will play
every day at shortstop. The Padres can use Oscar Salazar at second base
in a pinch if need be.

As for their search for middle infield help, the Padres have inquired
about 36-year-old Miguel Tejada of the Orioles and have kicked the tires
on a handful of other players.

Hoyer said that the cost of doing potential business is still high and
that he’s still making a lot of calls to teams about players who could
help the Padres.

— Corey Brock

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