Padres add Palmer to fill long-reliever role

Padres add Palmer to fill long-reliever role

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres promoted right-handed pitcher Matt Palmer from Triple-A Tucson on Sunday, fulfilling the bullpen's need for a long reliever.

In a corresponding move, the Padres optioned right-hander Nick Vincent to Tucson. He was promoted on Friday, but he didn't pitch in a game.

Palmer, 33, went 4-2 with a 4.64 ERA in seven starts for Tucson. Signed by the Padres as a Minor League free agent in December, Palmer is 13-7 with a 4.52 ERA in 60 Major League games, including 20 starts, with the Giants (2008) and Angels (2009-11). He has experience in the long-man role.

"He's capable of throwing upwards of 60-70 pitches right now, so if we need that length, we have it," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We have enough guys who can fill the one inning, the one-plus inning. We really don't have that guy to pitch three, four innings if we need him in a certain type of game. He's thrown the ball well, especially his last start."

Palmer last appeared in the Major Leagues on April 24, 2011, for the Angels. He said he came back from dealing with a blister early this season.

"It's always good to be back," he said.