Padres 'pen gets fresh arm in Mikolas

Padres 'pen gets fresh arm in Mikolas

Padres 'pen gets fresh arm in Mikolas
SAN DIEGO -- After needing 7 1/3 innings from the bullpen in the wake of Edinson Volquez's wild outing on Saturday, the Padres relief corps needed a fresh arm.

That arm -- a right one -- belongs to Miles Mikolas, who was recalled from Triple-A Tucson prior to Sunday's game. Right-hander Cory Burns, who made his Major League debut Saturday, was sent back to Tucson after two days with the Padres.

"We felt as though we needed some reinforcement in the bullpen," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We've gotten some short starts in the past week, that's the way it is."

"I suspect that Corey will be back. ... These guys -- Mikolas, [Brad] Boxberger, [Brad] Brach, [Nick] Vincent, Burns -- those guys are cutting their teeth," Black said. "This is all part of becoming a part of a Major League staff. It doesn't happen overnight where a guy gets called up and spends 12 years in the Major Leagues as a reliever."

Mikolas, who also made his Major League debut this season, is with the Padres for the third time this season. In his first two stints, the 23-year-old went 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 15 games. He struck out 14 in 16 1/3 innings, while walking 11 and yielding 14 hits.

The Tucson Padres were in Round Rock, Texas, for a game with the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate Saturday night when Mikolas was informed he'd be returning to the Majors.

"The rest of the boys in Tucson caught a plane to Albuquerque, N.M., and Miles caught a plane to San Diego, Calif., which is always a preferred flight for Triple-A players," Black joked.

Black also said Ross Ohlendorf, who is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Cubs, was available in the bullpen Sunday if length is needed.