A native of La Mesa, Calif., who attended San Diego State, Ring went a combined 0-2 with 3.47 ERA (9 ER/23.1 IP) in 26 Major League games over parts of two seasons with the New York Mets (2005-2006). He was acquired by the Padres on Nov. 15, 2006 along with right-hander Heath Bell in exchange for outfielder Ben Johnson and right-handed pitcher Jon Adkins. Ring made seven official Spring Training appearances with the Padres before his March 22 option to Portland. He was 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA (4 ER/7.1 IP).
Justin Hampson, 26, suffered the loss yesterday in the 5-4, 17-inning defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He allowed three hits and one unearned run in 4.0 innings pitched. Recalled from Triple-A Portland on April 19, Hampson made three appearances overall with San Diego, going 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA (2 ER/6.0 IP).
Claimed off waivers from Colorado on Oct. 11, 2006, Hampson made his Major League debut last season, going 1-0 with a 7.50 ERA (10 ER/ 12.0 IP) in five games (one start) for the Rockies.