SAN DIEGO -- The Padres added who figures to be their last player to the active roster on Tuesday in relief pitcher Erik Hamren from Triple-A Tucson. Hamren is no stranger to San Diego, having spent nearly a month with the team before being optioned to Tucson on Sept. 6. Hamren, 25, said he's more prepared to pitch at the Major League level now than he was after being promoted to the Padres from Double-A San Antonio on Aug. 30.
"There's not the shock value of it. ... My feet are wet. I'm settled in," Hamren said. "It's something you've dealt with before." Hamren, a right-hander, had a 2.79 ERA in 10 appearances and picked up his first Major League victory on Aug. 23 against the Giants at AT&T Park. Hamren struck out nine and allowed five hits in 9 2/3 innings with seven walks, though that statistic is a little misleading since three of the walks came in one relief appearance during his second big league game in Pittsburgh on Aug. 5. "If you really look at it, the walks came in two games ... and if you take those away, it's not that bad," Hamren said. "I try not to stress myself out about it." Hamren, who a year ago was pitching in the independent Northern League, was 5-1 with a 1.05 ERA in 50 games this season between stints with Class A Lake Elsinore, San Antonio and Tucson. "This is the first year that things have fallen into place for me, where I've started locating better," Hamren said. "I think that it's been a matter of getting more repetition and getting settled."