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03/25/11 10:39 PM ET

Padres release Frandsen, seek backup infielder

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres released infielder Kevin Frandsen on Friday, opting to go in another direction as far as finding a backup infielder who can play shortstop.

Chances are good that the type of player the Padres are seeking is not yet in camp.

"[General manager Jed Hoyer] is pursuing other options that might come available," said Padres manager Bud Black.

Frandsen, who signed a Minor League contract in January, hit .216 in 37 at-bats this spring, though he played better after going hitless in his first 18 at-bats.

Frandsen, who would have made $575,000 if he made the team, hit .421 in his final 17 at-bats with the Padres this spring.

"We came to this decision on Kevin with a lot of thought. ... We put in a lot of time and evaluation into this," Black said.

"We just didn't think there would be a fit on the team for Kevin."

Frandsen started six games at second base and four at shortstop.

"It was a shocker to me, I didn't see it coming," Frandsen said. "I had an unbelievable time the five weeks I was there. They gave me a chance."

The Padres have recently scouted Luis Hernandez of the Mets, Alberto Gonzalez of the Nationals and Robert Andino of the Orioles.

The preference is to find a defensive-minded infielder who can play shortstop.

The only player currently in camp who fits that mold is Everth Cabrera, though the team would prefer for him to start the regular season with Triple-A Tucson, where he could play every day.

As for Frandsen, he's hoping to latch on with a team soon.

"We've got a decent amount of interest. I showed I was healthy and that I can play. I know I can play in the big leagues," he said.

Also on Friday, the Padres reassigned pitchers Greg Burke, Scott Munter, catcher Kyle Phillips and infielder Jesus Guzman to their Minor League camp. The Padres now have 35 players in camp, including 31 players on the 40-man roster.

Kelly impressive in surprise start for Padres

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Just when pitcher Casey Kelly was getting settled into the Padres' Minor League camp, he received a phone call Friday morning that threw everything out of whack -- but in a good way.

Kelly, who was planning to pitch in a Minor League game, was told that he was instead to board a bus and head to Goodyear to pitch in a Cactus League game against the Reds.

"It was a little bit of a surprise," Kelly said.

The 21-year-old, the top prospect in the Padres' Minor League system, threw four innings, allowing three runs on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

Kelly spent the first month in big league camp, his first with the team after coming over in the December trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez to Boston.

In an expected move, Kelly was reassigned to Minor League camp on March 15. He has been working out with the Double-A team and is expected to start the regular season in San Antonio.

All told, including Friday, Kelly had a 3.00 ERA in nine innings over four games. The three runs he allowed to the Reds were the first runs he's allowed all spring.

In his last inning of work, Kelly allowed consecutive doubles to Jay Bruce and Jonny Gomes before striking out Drew Stubbs, getting Devin Mesoraco to pop out and Chris Valaika to strike out.

"It was great ... just being able to go into the season having faced big league hitters, and to see where you stand," Kelly said.

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