SAN DIEGO -- To clear roster spots for Jason Lane and Tuesday starter Jesse Hahn, who will make his Major League debut against Pittsburgh, the Padres optioned Donn Roach to Triple-A El Paso and placed starter Eric Stults on the bereavement list.
Roach, who compiled a 4.75 ERA in 16 games (one start) for San Diego, will likely stay in El Paso for at least a couple of weeks to gain valuable starts in the rotation.
"I think this might be a good thing for Donn moving forward," Bud Black said. "It'll be good for him to go back to the Minor Leagues as a starter, work on some things he needs to work on."
In his last four appearances, Roach had given up 10 earned runs and issued seven walks while striking out just four hitters in 9 1/3 innings, including a three-run, 1 1/3-inning appearance in Monday's 10-3 loss to the Pirates.
"He can work on his fastball command, which I think in the last couple weeks was lacking," Black said. "We'll see how his performance is to see whether he's able to come back up here."
Stults will be away from the team to attend the funeral of his grandmother, and is expected to return in time for his scheduled start on Friday against Washington.
Will Laws is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.