Chris Burke Again Joins San Diego Padres

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IApril 21, 2009

PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 24:  Chris Burke of the San Diego Padres poses during photo day at Peoria Stadium on February 24, 2009 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

After the San Diego Padres learned that young short stop Everth Cabrera would have to miss up to eight weeks with a broken hand, General Manager Kevin Towers started to work on bringing in another player to back up Luis Rodriguez, who will take over as the full-time shortstop.

According to Dan Hayes of the North County Times, the Padres re-acquired Chris Burke, a player the Padres had in Spring Training but traded to the Seattle Mariners because they were going to keep both Rodriguez and Cabrera.

Burke, a first-round pick of the Houston Astros in 2001, has been playing with Seattle's Triple-A team in Tacoma, where he was hitting .237 in 38 at-bats. He's expected to be in uniform when the team starts their series tonight against the San Francisco Giants.

In other Padre notes, the Friars game against the Philadelphia Phillies was rained out last night, but no makeup date has been decided.

The Padres arrived in San Francisco late last night and will be well-rested for their series opener tonight from SBC Park. Jake Peavy (2-1, 3.98 ERA), coming off a win against the NY Mets, is expected to get the start for San Diego, while the Giants will counter with Matt Cain (1-0, 2.08 ERA).

Cain is about the only pitcher in San Francisco's rotation that isn't struggling. He also has given the Padres fits over his last 15 starts against them, but he hasn't gotten much run support in those games either. Cain holds a 2.92 ERA against the Padres in 15 combined starts, as well as holding them to a .197 batting average against in the same number of games.


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