SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Kevin Nicholson was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday and likely will become the San Diego Padres' starting shortstop.

This is the first big league promotion for Nicholson, 24, who in 1997 became the first Canadian-born player to be taken in the first round of baseball's draft.

Nicholson takes the roster spot of Chris Gomez, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Thursday. Gomez is due to have season-ending surgery on his left knee next week.

Padres front office personnel say it will be up to manager Bruce Bochy to determine Nicholson's playing time, but they've also made it clear that they're not promoting Nicholson to be the backup. Gomez lost the starting job in spring training to Damian Jackson, who has committed 14 errors in 63 games.

The Padres opened a three-game series at Cincinnati on Friday night.

Nicholson batted .293 (67-for-229) with 35 runs scored, 21 doubles, two triples, three homers and 31 RBIs in 66 games at Las Vegas.

Gomez batted .222 (12-for-54) with three RBIs and four runs scored in 22 games.