Giants look to Young with Durham injured

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco acquired second baseman Eric Young from the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, giving the Giants
insurance for injured starter Ray Durham.

"I just want to go over there and get to that playoff level
again,'' said Young, who played in the postseason in 1995 for
Colorado. "I'd only experienced that one time in my career and
that's what it's all about.

"There's nothing like having a chance come Sept. 1 and then
actually reaching it. It's a whole different level.''

The Giants, who sent minor league pitcher Greg Bruso to
Milwaukee, will pay the remainder of Young's $2 million contract
for this season and have a $3 million team option for 2004. If they
don't exercise the option, Milwaukee is responsible for a $1
million buyout.

"He's a leadoff hitter and a second baseman and that's what we
need,'' Giants general manager Brian Sabean said. "Our guy is on
the disabled list.''

Young was hitting .260 with a career-high 15 home runs and 25
stolen bases this season. He was not expected to arrive in San
Francisco in time for Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Braves.

"He'll play enough to give us some spark,'' Giants manager
Felipe Alou said. "Any time there's an opening he's going to be

Durham has been on the disabled list since Aug. 8 with an
injured groin. He's not expected to be ready when he's eligible to
come off on Friday.

"It's no secret contending clubs are out looking for parts that
can help them down the stretch and be eligible for their playoff
roster,'' Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "I
think Young is one of those guys who can fill a hole and the Giants
have a hole at second base.''

Giants trainer Stan Conte said Durham had a 50-50 chance of
being ready on Friday.

"We don't want to push him too soon,'' Conte said.

Bruso, 23, was 12-9 with a 3.27 ERA in 25 games between Double-A
Norwich and Class A San Jose. He's pitched 160 innings, allowing
only 22 walks and striking out 122.

Bruso was selected in the 16th round of the 2002 draft out of
the University of California. The Brewers have assigned him to
Double-A Huntsville of the Southern League.

The Brewers purchased outfielder Jason Conte's contract from
Indianapolis to replace Young on the roster. Conte was hitting .234
with 10 home runs and 39 RBI at Triple-A.

Conte was 0-for-5 while appearing in six games earlier this
season with the Brewers.