Morton, McRoberts down, Lauderdale, De La O up

Matt Lauderdale

The San Diego Padres organization sent catcher Colt Morton and outfielder Mark McRoberts to the team's extended spring training camp and promoted left-hander Danny De La O and catcher Matt Lauderdale.

Matt Lauderdale was the ninth round pick by the Padres last season. He split time between Eugene and Idaho Falls, appearing in 30 games and hitting a combined .196 with seven doubles, one home run and 10 runs batted in. He threw out 12 of 37 (.324 percent) attempted base stealers.

Lauderdale had a homer and three RBI's for Lake Elsinore this year in two games.

Danny de la O, the 30th round selection by San Diego in 2003, spent last year with Idaho Falls. He was 3-1 in 31 appearances, including two starts. He recorded three saves and struck out 56 and allowed 47 hits in 48 innings of work. De La O was second on the Idaho Falls staff in saves and strikeouts while averaging 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings.

Colt Morton appeared in 36 games behind the plate for Fort Wayne to start the 2004 season. He has a .150 batting average with five doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI.

Morton was in a 1-for-25 slump but had walked six times and cut down on his strikeouts in recent weeks.

Mark McRoberts hit .168 in 30 games with eight doubles, one home run and 12 RBI. McRoberts started 15 games in the outfield for the Wizards and 15 games as the designated hitter.

McRoberts was in a 3-for-32 slump and had struck out in nine straight games, totaling 17 whiffs in that time.

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