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07/22/10 1:15 PM ET

GM: Eckstein injury won't alter trade course

ATLANTA -- 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.

Eckstein went on the disabled list on Thursday, a day after he suffered a right calf strain trying to score from second base on a Nick Hundley single to center.

Eckstein suffered a similar injury to his calf, though in a slightly different location, early in July. He missed seven consecutive starts with that injury.

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.

San Diego manager Bud Black hasn't ruled out eventually adding another infielder, but that likely won't happen before the team returns to begin a homestand Tuesday.

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.

Hairston OK after getting hit in hand

ATLANTA -- On the same day San Diego second baseman David Eckstein was placed on the 15-day disabled list, infielder Jerry Hairston took a fastball off the knuckles on his right hand in Wednesday's 6-4 win over Atlanta.

You couldn't blame Padres manager Bud Black for being a little anxious, especially after seeing Hairston writhing in visible pain after getting hit by Tommy Hanson in the fourth inning.

"It got me right on the knuckles, but what caused the most pain was the pinching between the ball and the bat," Hariston said Thursday, before the Padres faced Atlanta in the rubber match of a three-game series at Turner Field.

"Once that pain subsided -- it was still sore -- but it was something that I could tolerate."

Hairston remained in the game and had a big hit in the ninth inning as the Padres tied the score before going on to win in 12 innings.

Hairston reached base four times and had three hits. Since July 5, Hairston is hitting .348 with a .464 on-base percentage and has been a boon for the team in the leadoff spot.

Entering Thursday's game, Hairston, who started at second base, was hitting .255 with 18 RBIs in the leadoff spot for a team that struggled to get production from that spot early in the season.

"The last couple of weeks, we've seen his numbers climb," Black said. "He's starting to thrive in what's going on here. When he and Eck were in the lineup at the same time ... you felt that veteran presence.

"With Eck out, Jerry is going to have to take more of that responsibility at the top of the order."

Denorfia, Gwynn out of starting lineup

ATLANTA -- Following a 12-inning game on Wednesday, San Diego manager Bud Black decided to give outfielders Chris Denorfia and Tony Gwynn some rest by keeping them out of the starting lineup for the series finale in Atlanta on Thursday.

They were available to play, however.

"I tell them, You're not starting but you might be in,' " Black said.

Rookie Luis Durango started in center field for Gwynn while Scott Hairston, who had a big pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 6-4 win, got the start in left field.

Sitting Denorfia is becoming increasingly more difficult for Black. He had two hits on Wednesday and has reached safely in his past four games. He's hitting .359 with five home runs over his past .39 at-bats. All five of his home runs have come in July.

"Deeno and Tony played the whole game last night, so it's good to give them the start off," Black said.

This might well be the last start for Durango, who figures to be the odd man out when pitcher Mat Latos is reinstated from the 15-day disabled list to make a start on Saturday against Pittsburgh.

Padres' offense heating up in July

ATLANTA -- San Diego, a team built on run prevention, is having quite a month at the plate.

Over their past 11 games, the Padres have had eight games with double digits in hits. In those games, the Padres are hitting .305 and are averaging 6.4 runs to go with a .372 on-base percentage.

The Padres already have 10 home runs in the first five games of the second half.

"We feel that we can put quality at-bats together," said catcher Nick Hundley, who had a two-run double in the 12th inning of Wednesday's 6-4 victory over the Braves.

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