ATLANTA -- After his 21-year Major League career ended, bench coach Ted Simmons moved into the front office, holding posts as a general manager, scout, assistant general manager and a vice president of baseball operations.

What's missing?

"I've done everything but manage," Simmons said. "This is my third year as the bench coach [second with San Diego] and after three years, either you do it [manage] or forget about it."

Simmons, who will turn 61 on Aug. 9, said Monday that he's interested in becoming a Major League manager. A report on AOL Fanhouse recently said the Marlins might want to interview him after the season.

Simmons, who was an eight-time All-Star catcher, wouldn't comment on what could be a potential opening with the Marlins, saying he'll let the regular season finish before he pays to much attention to where vacancies might be.

"If you're serious about managing ... it doesn't matter where you do it," Simmons said.

San Diego general manager Jed Hoyer said, on the heels of the three-year extension manager Bud Black received Monday, that the rest of the coaching staff will be dealt with following the season.

Hitting coach Randy Ready has twice been interviewed for managerial openings -- first in Seattle and then in Houston. Now Simmons might find himself a candidate to manage.

"When teams win, this kind of speculation begins," Simmons said.

Eckstein heads to DL with calf strain

ATLANTA -- As expected, the Padres placed second baseman David Eckstein on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained right calf.

Eckstein, who missed seven starts earlier this month with an injury that he said is located just below this current strain, singled in the first inning on Tuesday and was thrown out at the plate on a single to center field by Nick Hundley.

Eckstein said he felt something grab "about three steps prior to third [base]."

Eckstein said Wednesday that the calf was actually feeling a little better and that he will remain with the team on this road trip. He'll likely have an MRI in San Diego on Monday, a day after the team returns from this trip.

"Walking around a little today, it feels a little better," Eckstein said. "We'll get it checked out at home and see where we go from there."

In Eckstein's absence, the Padres will probably rely exclusively on Jerry Hairston Jr. to play second base. Manager Bud Black said that Oscar Salazar could play some second base if needed.

Salazar has appeared in two games at second base this season.

Black didn't rule out the possibility of adding another infielder, saying, "We continue to work through a few scenarios."

Infielder Lance Zawadzki, who has been with the team twice this season, is on the 40-man roster.

However, Zawadzki was in the lineup for Triple-A Portland on Wednesday, meaning he isn't being whisked away to join the team.

As for replacing Eckstein, Black said that won't be very easy. Black wasn't just talking about his on-field contributions, either.

"Eck is like another coach on the field," Black said. "During the course of a game, like the coaches, he is another sounding board for players. When we win, you can point to something Eck did to help us win."

Venable returns to Padres' lineup

ATLANTA -- Outfielder Will Venable's day started in San Antonio and ended with him playing right field and batting sixth in the Padres' lineup Wednesday against the Braves.

Venable was reinstated from the disabled list Wednesday after missing the last 13 games with a lower back strain.

Venable spent the last two days with Double-A San Antonio, where he went a combined 2-for-6 with two walks. Previously, Venable was with Class A Lake Elsinore, where he went 1-for-14 with eight strikeouts.

"I think it's a challenge for me to see the ball and in Lake Elsinore, for whatever reason, it wasn't happening," Venable said. "The change of scenery helped. I was able to see the ball a lot better."

Venable was hitting .310 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in the nine games before he went on the disabled list. He's not worried if those kind of results, the outcome of work with hitting coach Randy Ready to change the positioning of his hands and not have him so spread out at the plate, won't come back right away.

"If there's one thing I've learned, it's going to happen when it wants to happen," he said. "I'm confident I'll get there."

Padres game to be televised in Mexico

ATLANTA -- The Padres announced on Wednesday a television broadcasting partnership that will bring Padres games back to the air in Mexico beginning this weekend.

A select number of the Padres' games will be broadcast on Uniradio's Channel 47 on the Cablemas Cable Network in Tijuana.

"We are excited to partner with Uniradio's new television channel to bring games back to the Tijuana market," said Padres president and COO Tom Garfinkel in a statement. "Our fans in Mexico are extremely important to us and finding a broadcasting partner for 2010 has been a top priority."

The full schedule of televised games can be found at padresbeisbol.com and uniradio.com.

The first Padres game to return to television in Mexico will be Saturday against the Pirates. Telecasts will feature video from COX/Channel 4 San Diego and audio provided by Uniradio team broadcasters Eduardo Ortega and Juan Angel Avila.