Kevin Walker, a 27 year old lefty, re-signed with the Padres on Tuesday. Kevin Towers has a history of avoiding arbitration with his players and Walker represents the first left-handed pitcher signed to the squad.
Walker was 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in limited action in 2003. He started the season on the disabled list with a strained left elbow. After pitching at Triple-A Portland, where he went 3-1 with a 4.08 ERA in 34 appearances, he was recalled on Aug. 29.
Walker broke in with the Padres in 2000 and saw action in 70 games going 7-1 with a 4.21 ERA. He also added 17 holds on the season.
The former sixth round draft pick made 16 appearances in 2001 before succumbing to Tommy John surgery. Left elbow problems have cut short his seasons since.