Monday, September 04, 2006

Padres Move Rookie Josh Barfield to No. 5 Spot

Though he is hitting in only the .280s with just 11 homers in a little more than 400 atbats, Padres second baseman Josh Barfield has been moved up from No. 8 to the No. 5 spot in the batting order. The rookie, who has batted everywhere in the lineup No. 3-4, seems a bit of an odd choice until one considers the shortage of other options. Despite flirting with first place for the National League Western Division for much of the season, the Padres offense remains fairly lackluster. San Diego is ranked 26 out of 30 teams offensively, with a mere .261 batting average.