SAN DIEGO -- The Padres recalled right-handed pitcher Brad Brach from Triple-A Tucson on Friday to take the place on the roster that previously belonged to reliever Ernesto Frieri. On Thursday, the Padres sent Frieri to the Angels for two Minor Leaguers, infielder Alexi Amarista and right-handed pitcher Donn Roach. This is Brach's second stint with the Padres this season. He made the Opening Day roster and was optioned to Tucson on April 16 after posting a 5.06 ERA in five appearances. In seven outings with the Tucson Padres, he had a 2.70 ERA.
What did Brach work on most after being sent to Tucson? "I just tried to pound the strike zone more," he said. "I did some things up here that I had not done before. I was falling behind. I wanted to get back to throwing my slider more for strikes."