Padres purchase contract of Pete Laforest
Pete LaForest

Posted Apr 12, 2007


The San Diego Padres purchased the contract of catcher Pete Laforest on Thursday, effectively placing him on the 40-man roster, and bringing him up to backup Rob Bowen. Josh Bard was placed on the disabled list with a strained groin.

Pete Laforest had a solid Spring Training with the Padres where he went 14-for-37 with four doubles, three homers and ten RBIs.

The catcher missed the entire 2006 season – initially with a shoulder injury and then a back injury that claimed the rest of the season.

He continued his hot hitting from spring, launching a solo homer in his first at bat and going 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in his first game in Triple-A Portland. He was, however, hitless in his last 16 at bats before being called up.

Bard was 8-for-28 with four RBIs through seven games with the Padres prior to the injury.

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