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04/18/10 3:50 PM ET

Padres have ties to Jimenez no-no

SAN DIEGO -- As strange as it sounds, the Padres have a tie to the no-hitter Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez tossed Saturday against the Atlanta Braves.

Felix Feliz, the Padres coordinator of Latin American scouting, signed Jimenez as a non-drafted free agent in 2001 when he was with the Rockies.

Jimenez is no stranger to the Padres. He has a 5-3 record and a 3.64 ERA in nine career starts. He defeated the Padres on April 11 in Denver, allowing two runs on seven hits in six innings.

Feliz has been with the Padres since 2007 after the Rockies advanced to the World Series.

J. Hairston a natural at shortstop

SAN DIEGO -- When the Padres signed Jerry Hairston Jr., the acquisition was essentially hailed as a boon because of his versatility and ability to play just about everywhere.

In the mind of Padres manager Bud Black, one position held more importance than any other -- shortstop.

"It's a very valuable position on the field and to have someone who can fill in at a level where everyone feels comfortable is very important," Black said.

In his first start at shortstop this season on Saturday night against the D-backs, Hairston made a nice play on a ball up the middle by Gerardo Parra in the seventh inning, spinning before making a toss over to first base to get an out.

Then, in the ninth inning, Chris Young bounced a ball to the left of third baseman Chase Headley. The ball skimmed off his glove and right to Hairston, who barehanded the ball and made a throw across the diamond to end the game and preserve a 5-0 Padres victory.

"He's a very athletic player with a spring in his game," Black said.

Hairston was back in the lineup on Sunday, playing second base.

Everth Cabrera, who had started 107 consecutive games before Saturday, was back at shortstop.

Young moves toward bullpen session

SAN DIEGO -- Padres starting pitcher Chris Young, on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder, will likely throw his first bullpen session sometime next week, manager Bud Black said Sunday.

Black noted that Young had two "good days of catch" and now, if there's no lingering soreness, he will throw a bullpen session at some point this week at PETCO Park.

Young has been on the 15-day disabled list since Monday, retroactive to April 7, which was a day after he tossed six shutout innings in his only start of the season against the D-backs.

Young, who had arthroscopic debridement surgery to remove loose fragments in his right shoulder, will likely be asked to pitch in Minor League games as part of a rehabilitation assignment once he's cleared to pitch.

"It's being discussed," Black said.

Reliever Russell will be back

SAN DIEGO -- On the day the Padres made a roster move to accommodate getting Wade LeBlanc a start against Arizona on Sunday, they optioned reliever Adam Russell to Triple-A Portland, which is where he began the season.

San Diego manager Bud Black said he was impressed by Russell and he thinks highly of the 6-foot-8 right-hander, who was essentially a victim of a numbers crunch in a bullpen with several talented arms.

And that Russell still has Minor League options makes him expendable -- for now.

"He's got a chance to be a solid Major League reliever for a long time," Black said.

Russell was very good since he was promoted Monday from Portland, tossing 4 1/3 scoreless innings with five strikeouts and no hits allowed.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.