The San Diego Padres purchased the contract of outfielder Kerry Robinson from Triple-A Portland and…
Witasick released; three others outrighted
Kerry Robinson, 30, batted .293 (27-for-92) with four doubles, five RBI and a team-leading 11 stolen bases in 80 games last season. He was originally outrighted to Portland on July 4, hitting .297 (49-for-165) with two home runs, 19 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 41 games. Robinson was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Brian Hunter on March 29.
Steve Watkins, 26, was 0-0 with a 6.28 ERA (10 ER/14.1 IP) in 11 relief appearances for the Padres last season. In 32 games (16 starts) between Portland and Double-A Mobile, he posted a 9-6 record and a 3.37 ERA (43 ER/115.0 IP). Watkins was originally selected by the Padres in the 16th round of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft.
Ricky Stone, 29, made 43 relief appearances for the Padres in 2004, going 1-1 with a 6.89 ERA. He began the season with the Houston Astros, posting a 1-1 record and a 5.68 ERA (12 ER/19.0 IP) in 16 games before being claimed off waivers by San Diego on June 18.
With today's moves, San Diego's 40-man roster is now at 36.
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