Wow. Craig Counsell, eh? I mean, he's solid and you know. Ummm... Excuse me... I just have to get used to the idea of rooting for this guy.
Counsell should be in the fold within a few days, giving the Padres a potential leadoff man to replace Roberts. Although Counsell can fill a utility role, he is expected to replace second baseman Josh Barfield, who was traded for third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff last month.