SAN DIEGO -- In light of bringing up Chad Reineke to start in place of the injured Chris Young, the San Diego Padres optioned reliever Cla Meredith to Triple-A Portland.
Meredith was 0-3 with a 3.99 ERA with 39 strikeouts and 22 walks in 60 relief appearances this season prior to his demotion. According to manager Bud Black, this was a step that needed to be made to get Meredith's confidence back at the level that it was when he first started pitching for the club in May 2006.
"I think Cla was pressing a little bit," Black said. "I think he needed to take a step back and get back to the things that made him the successful pitcher he was in '06 and '07."
Meredith had been leaned on heavily by the Padres this season, as his 60 outings are tied for 10th most in the National League. His departure means more opportunities for young bullpen guys like Wil Ledezma and Justin Hampson.
But Meredith being sent to Portland is only a temporary thing and Black says that Meredith is still a major part of the Padres team and its future.
"There are times when, sometimes, you have to take a step back in order to take a step forward and I think this is one of those times," Black said. "We still think a great deal of Cla as a member of our ballclub and what he can do in our bullpen to make us a successful ballclub. And he's a very important part of that."
Reineke made his Major League debut on Saturday against the Phillies.
Ronald P. Clark is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.