Chicagoland native Goebbert starts in left
CHICAGO -- Chicagoland native Jake Goebbert stuck around for at least another start since being called up on June 19, this time playing left field in Thursday's series finale against the Cubs.
Goebbert has started nine games at first base, including Tuesday's game in Chicago, but on Thursday returned to left field, where he played 351 games in six Minor League seasons.
"That's probably my primary position," said Goebbert, who is 11-for-43 in 21 games with the Padres. "It's a great opportunity to play in the outfield, where I probably played most of the games in the Minor League years. Looking forward to hopefully contributing and doing some good for the team."
"He's versatile. We like that about Jake," said manager Bud Black, noting that he's primarily platooned the lefty Goebbert against right-handed pitchers. "He's comfortable in the outfield. Either corner, left or right and at first. We've just got to get him re-acclimated."
Goebbert's status with the big league team remains unclear with the approaching return of many on the disabled list. But he will travel with the Padres to Atlanta, where the team opens a four-game series on Friday.
Newly-acquired Yangervis Solarte again started at second for the Padres on Thursday while Chris Nelson assumed his third straight game at third, the spot occupied by Solarte's exchanged commodity, Chase Headley, who is now with the Yankees.
Black hasn't committed to a full-time position for either, who are both considered utility infielders.