SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres today announced they have recalled left-handed pitcher Robbie Erlin from Triple-A Tucson and have optioned right-handed pitcher Brad Brach to the same Tucson club. Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes made the announcement.
Erlin, 22, is making his third stint with the Padres this season and is scheduled to start the Padres 7:10 pm PT game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Petco Park tonight. The left-hander was previously recalled for a second stint on June 1, making his first Big League start that day and earning his first career win after working 6.2 innings of two-run ball. He was first selected from Tucson on April 24 and made his Major League debut on April 30 at Chicago-NL before being optioned back on May 2. In three games, one start, for San Diego he has gone 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA (4 ER, 8.2 IP) and five strikeouts against no walks. In 12 starts for Tucson this year, he is 6-2 with a 5.25 ERA (34 ER, 58.1 IP) with 54 strikeouts against 22 walks. Erlin was acquired by the Padres from the Texas Rangers along with right-hander Joe Wieland in exchange for right-hander Mike Adams on July, 31 2011.
Brach, 27, was recalled from Tucson on June 23 for his second stint with the Padres, having made his second consecutive Opening Day roster for San Diego this season. In 21 games total for San Diego this year, he is 1-0 with a 4.34 ERA (9 ER, 18.2 IP) with 19 strikeouts against nine walks. In 11 appearances for Tucson, he is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA (8 ER, 16.0 IP) with 16 strikeouts against six walks.