Padres trim roster at Major League camp

Padres trim roster at Major League camp

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres reassigned four pitchers to Minor League camp Saturday, leaving the team with 51 players remaining in Major League camp.

Right-handed pitchers Kevin Quackenbush, Jason Ray and Matt Stites and left-hander Robbie Erlin were moved over to the Minor League side in the morning.

"All of these guys showed well in camp," said Padres manager Bud Black. "It was good to see Stites and Quackenbush up close and personal."

None of the four pitchers were on the 40-man roster and none were expected to make the Padres' 25-man Opening Day roster.

Quackenbush allowed one run in four innings in four games. He walked three and struck out two. He will likely begin the season with Double-A San Antonio or possibly Triple-A Tucson.

Stites yielded seven runs in four innings in five games. He'll likely start the season with Single-A Lake Elsinore.

Ray, who will likely start the season in Tucson, had a 6.75 ERA in three appearances. Finally, Erlin, who will likely be a part of the rotation in Tucson, had a 2.25 ERA in two games spanning four innings.

The Padres started camp with 67 players. The team will break camp on March 28, and will then head to San Antonio for two exhibition games against the Rangers before beginning the regular season on April 1 at Citi Field in New York against the Mets.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.