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Black weighs fill-ins for shortstop

CHICAGO -- David Eckstein expressed he would do anything to help the Padres -- even switch back to shortstop while injured Luis Rodriguez heals his sprained left ankle.

Except, at this point in Eckstein's career, he is 34 years old with diminishing range on defense, so it probably wouldn't help. So he's staying at second base.

"He's better-suited to play second," manager Bud Black said. "That's his desire, but like I said, Eck will do anything we ask him to do."

Though Eckstein and Edgar Gonzalez could play short in a pinch, Black said, he instead is turning for now to Chris Burke.

Burke has filled in for Rodriguez at short other times with mixed results -- he has four errors in 52 defensive innings. But he was drafted as a shortstop by the Astros in 2001 before transitioning to second base in Double-A.

"I'll be ready to play every day," Burke said. "I'm not exactly sure what the situation's going to be. We'll see what Bud has in mind."

Black expects Rodriguez, who was on crutches Thursday, to miss at least a couple of weeks, noting that his ankle sprain, while low on the leg instead of high, is severe.

"It's swollen, and it's eventually going to turn black and blue," Black said.

Black reiterated that general manager Kevin Towers is looking for help, within the organization and without.

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