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Friars call up No. 6-ranked prospect Liriano

Club promotes outfielder in time for series opener against Rockies

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PITTSBURGH -- The Padres promoted their No. 6 prospect, outfielder Rymer Liriano, in time for their game Monday in San Diego against the Rockies, and designated Jeff Francoeur for assignment.

Liriano, 23, was hitting a combined .292 this season with 14 home runs and 66 RBIs between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A El Paso. He also had a combined on-base percentage of .364 and slugging percentage of .476.

Liriano, who missed all of last season after recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery, was hitting .462 in 62 at-bats in 17 games with El Paso. He was pulled after two at-bats on Sunday.

Liriano is considered one of the most toolsy players in the Padres' Minor League system. He has a combined 31 doubles, three triples and 20 stolen bases this season.

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.

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