Patterson enjoying second base

Patterson enjoying second base

MILWAUKEE -- A second baseman by trade, Padres utilityman Eric Patterson finds it a little interesting that he has played more than twice as many games in the outfield (120 games) than second base (49) at the Major League level.

Not that he's complaining, mind you.

"For me, it doesn't matter where I'm playing," Patterson said.

With second baseman Orlando Hudson on the 15-day disabled list since May 4 with a strained right hamstring, Patterson has been getting the bulk of the starts at second base, though Alberto Gonzalez was in the lineup there on Tuesday against the Brewers.

Patterson has one error in 32 total chances at second base this season, and has welcomed a return to a position he played growing up, at Georgia Tech and during his first few years in the Cubs organization.

"I'm enjoying it," Patterson said. "I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel over there, but I like that at second base you're constantly moving and talking to guys. The game is a lot faster in the infield than in the outfield."

Patterson said there's a different feeling he gets after playing nine innings at second base, as opposed to spending an entire game in the outfield.

"I'm worn down after a game at second base," he said. "Physically and mentally, it takes a toll on you."