SAN DIEGO -- While the Padres were remodeling their middle infield on Thursday, they also picked up another left-handed pitcher.
The Padres claimed Eric Stults off waivers from the White Sox. Stults is expected to join the team on Friday, and the Padres will make a corresponding move to put him on the roster.
Stults, 32, allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings in two appearances, including one start, with the White Sox this season. He gave up two runs, struck out four and walked four in six innings in a start against the Indians on May 7.
Stults is 8-10 with a 4.84 ERA in 43 games, including 25 starts, over parts of six Major League seasons with the Dodgers (2006-09), Rockies (2011) and White Sox (2012).
Padres manager Bud Black didn't specify what role Stults will have. The Padres currently have three left-handers in their bullpen.
"I've seen him in the bullpen. I've seen him start," Black said. "He's versatile.
"He's been around the block a little bit. He's a guy we have good reports on in our scouting system. He's another guy when one door closes another one opened up."