Mike Thompson called up by San Diego

Mike Thompson called up by San Diego

The San Diego Padres recalled right-hander Mike Thompson from Triple-A Portland Tuesday night.

Mike Thompson is scheduled to make his major league debut Wednesday night as the starting pitcher at Arizona.

Thompson, 5-0 at Triple-A Portland with a 3.79 ERA in seven starts, will take the rotation spot that opened up when Woody Williams went on the disabled list with a strained left calf May 13.

The right-hander was signed as a six-year free agent this off-season by the only club he has ever known.

Thompson came into the season with a 49-47 mark and a 4.57 ERA. His ERA has gone down each of the last three seasons from 4.42 to 3.15 last year. He was originally a fifth round pick by San Diego in 1999.

To make room for Thompson on the roster, the Padres optioned right-hander Cla Meredith to Portland.

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