Your newest Padre is …
My guess is it will be infielder Luis Rodriguez, who would give the Padres something that they haven’t had all season — a true backup infielder with defense on the brain.
I would expect in the coming days that Rodriguez will be recalled from Triple-A Portland. Really, he would have been here by now had he not broken the hamate bone in his right hand earlier this season, an injury that caused him to miss 45 games.
Had Rodriguez not broken the bone in his hand you might have seen him in San Diego and not Edgar Gonzalez. At any rate, they both have spots on this team. And remember, this is a guy who nearly made the team out of Spring Training.
Rodriguez was hitting .333 for the Beavers through Wednesday, though he’s been slow to regain his swing since returning from the disabled list.
Rodriguez, formerly of the Twins’ organization, can play second base, shortstop and third base. He would give the Padres a legitimate defensive option at shortstop should the Padres decide to give Khalil Greene a day off.
Anyway, we’ll see what happens but I expect we’ll see LRod — as manager Bud Black likes to call him — before too long.