Pacific Coast League Baseball: Former A's utility player to help Tucson

2011-05-30T00:00:00Z Pacific Coast League Baseball: Former A's utility player to help TucsonBy Sarah Trotto Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 30, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Through a move by the big-league organization, the Tucson Padres will add a new face and infield help this week.

The San Diego Padres acquired infielder/outfielder Steven Tolleson on Sunday from the Oakland A's for future considerations. He's expected to join Tucson on Tuesday for its series in Las Vegas.

Tolleson was batting .274 for Triple-A Sacramento. In the majors last season, he hit .286 in 25 games with Oakland.

Tucson can add him without a corresponding move because the team is short a player on its roster.

"He's solid," said Tucson manager Terry Kennedy, who has watched Tolleson the last three years. "He can play second, short and third, can play in the outfield, too."

On the move?

A right-quad strain kept infielder Jarrett Hoffpauir on the disabled list, but he said he's been feeling "great" playing for Tucson.

It's unclear what San Diego will do when Hoffpauir's 20-day rehab assignment ends Friday because he's out of minor-league options. He's been on San Diego's 60-day DL since March.

"A lot can happen. I haven't heard anything," he said Sunday before Tucson's 13-4 victory over Salt Lake.

Hoffpauir said his quad has felt good during his entire rehab stint. He was at extended spring training before joining Tucson on May 15.

"I think I just kept re-aggravating it trying to come back too early, not letting it heal," Hoffpauir said about the slow-healing strain.

"We took almost two weeks completely off it, let it do its thing, and finally got it right.

"My body feels great. Baseball-wise, I'm getting back to where I need to be, getting better every day."

Before Sunday, Hoffpauir was hitting .273 in 11 games.

"His swing's getting more fluid, hitting more balls consistently on the barrel," Kennedy said. "It took him a long time, but it's not unusual. He's really been out of action for a long time."

Injury updates

Third baseman Jesus Guzman (sore thumb) was out of the lineup and is day-to-day. Reliever Colt Hynes (forearm) also is day-to-day.

Sunday night's game

Tucson's Aaron Cunningham had six RBIs Sunday with a double, triple and solo home run. Tucson scored 12 in the third inning.

Padres starter Jeremy Hefner allowed three runs and eight hits, struck out three and walked one in 6 1/3 innings.

In a rehab assignment with Salt Lake, Scott Kazmir continued his struggles. He allowed 10 runs and six hits, walked three and struck out two in 2 1/3 innings. His ERA is 36.00. He's on the Angels DL with lower-back stiffness.

Catching up

Reliever Samuel Deduno (2.73 ERA) allowed an unearned run in 1 2/3 innings Saturday in his first appearance since clearing waivers Thursday. The Padres designated him for assignment to make room for outfielder Blake Tekotte on the 40-man roster.

A new destination

Former Tucson reliever Randy Flores signed a minor-league contract with the New York Yankees earlier this month and is pitching for their Triple-A team in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He opted out of his minor-league deal with the Padres after they didn't promote him by May 15.

Today

• Who: Salt Lake at Tucson

• When: 7 p.m.

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