Ryan Jackson in the running for bench role with Padres

The Padres are taking a long look at infielder Ryan Jackson as a potential bench bat this season, MLB.com reports.

Jackson has shown versatility in the infield this spring, playing second base, third base and shortstop, and has been impressive defensively. While he isn't a major threat with his bat, he did go 2 for 3 with a triple and a home run in his previous two games heading into Tuesday's action.

Jackson made a brief, seven-game appearance with the Cardinals last season while hitting .278/.352/.346 in 442 at-bats at Triple-A Memphis.

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