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08/06/10 9:30 PM ET

Eckstein 'a little sore' after workout

PHOENIX -- On Thursday, San Diego infielder David Eckstein put himself through a rigorous on-field pregame workout, testing his strained right calf with a round of batting practice, running and fielding ground balls.

"Full cheeseburger, full gorilla," Padres manager Bud Black joked.

On Friday, Eckstein told Black that he was "a little sore" from his workout. But Black wouldn't call it a setback, saying that Eckstein still planned to take batting practice Friday but that he would curtail his running.

"Maybe not run with the intensity he did yesterday," Black said.

Eckstein, on the 15-day disabled list since July 21, missed his 16th consecutive game on Friday. The Padres are 9-6 without him during the stretch.

Young set for bullpen session Saturday

PHOENIX -- Don't count San Diego pitcher Chris Young out from returning this season.

Young, who hasn't thrown a pitch in a Major League game since his only start April 6 before being felled by a strained right shoulder, will throw a bullpen session Saturday before the Padres face the Diamondbacks.

Young, who hasn't thrown off a mound since May 2 when he had a rehabilitation stint with Double-A San Antonio, said he'll throw around 30 pitches, mostly fastballs, as he attempts to return this season.

"It's progress," Young said. "Everything has gone well the last few weeks. We're taking steps in the right direction. Hopefully it will continue to go well. We've gotten this part where we're ready for a bullpen."

Young has appeared in the second game of the season at Chase Field against Arizona. He tossed six scoreless innings. He later complained of soreness in his shoulder.

"That's the only thing I have to think about," Young said. "It does seem like a long time ago, but yet it's still fresh because that's my only game."

After taking the rest of April off, Young appeared in the May 2 game for San Antonio. He struggled with his command and velocity in that start and had an MRI that didn't provide any clear answers.

But Young has been playing catch for the past month, bringing him to the point where he can get on a mound Saturday.

"It's the recovery, the arm strength, the intensity of the throws, the volume of the throws, the distance. ... It's everything," Young said of how he reached this point.

Young is cautiously optimistic that he can return at some point this season to add some depth to the rotation and help the Padres, who entered Friday two games up on the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.

"I'm optimistic I can get out there and help these guys out," Young said. "I think I'm still several weeks away, but maybe I could be an added arm."

Team hopes to sign top pick soon

PHOENIX -- In the past week, the Nos. 8 and 10 overall picks from the June First-Year Player Draft -- Delino DeShields Jr. with Astros and Michael Choice with the A's -- reached agreements with their respective teams.

Where does that leave pitcher Karsten Whitson, whom the Padres selected with the No. 9 pick?

Whitson is unsigned, but according to Jaron Madison, San Diego's director of scouting, the organization is hopeful a deal can get done sooner rather than later.

The deadline to sign Draft picks is 8:59 p.m. PT on Monday, Aug. 16.

A year ago, all but two of those remaining unsigned first-rounders signed right before the deadline.

To this point, 14 of the 32 First-Round picks have signed.

Whitson was in San Diego last week for a customary visit the Padres have with their top Draft picks. He also took a physical to get that out of the way.

On Thursday, DeShields, the son of the former Major Leaguer by the same name, got a $2.15 million signing bonus, higher than the recommended figure set by Major League Baseball for that eighth spot ($2.043 million).

Last week, Choice agreed to a $2 million bonus. That, too, was above the recommended figure for 10th spot ($1.86 million).

The No. 9 pick is slotted between $1.9 million and $2 million.

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