CHICAGO -- The Padres recalled right-hander Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Tucscon on Thursday and optioned lefty Robbie Erlin to Triple-A.
Boxberger, 24, has made 10 relief appearances with Tucson this year, going 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA (six earned runs in 13 innings), striking out 19. He made his Major League debut with the Padres last year, appearing in 24 games over four different stints with the club. He recorded 33 strikeouts and 18 walks.
"He's got just pure stuff," manager Bud Black said. "It's legitimate Major League stuff. Velocity to the fastball with carry, very good changeup, good arm speed with the change, movement with the change, swing-and-a-miss change."
Boxberger was acquired from the Reds in 2011 along with Edinson Volquez, Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal in exchange for Mat Latos.
"He's finding his way as a Major Leaguer in regards to consecutive pitches put together to get hitters out," Black said. "And that's a challenge for him and all pitchers as they move on in their careers to become confident and reliable pitchers in the Major Leagues."
Erlin, 22, appeared in the past two games for the Padres in Chicago, making his big league debut Tuesday. He allowed two runs in that appearance before pitching a scoreless inning Wednesday night.
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