Clay Hensley to DL; Justin Hampson recalled

San Diego, CA-- The San Diego Padres today placed right-handed pitcher Clay Hensley on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to May 3) due to a strained right groin and recalled left-hander Justin Hampson from Triple-A Portland.

Clay Hensley, 27, left Wednesday's game with Washington in the top of the third inning. He is 1-3 this season with a 7.62 ERA (24 ER/28.1 IP) over his first six starts. Hensley has a career Major League record of 13-16 with a 3.76 ERA (110 ER/263.0 IP) in 67 games (36 starts) with San Diego (2005-2007).

Justin Hampson, 26, was optioned to Portland on Monday. He suffered the loss in Sunday's 5-4, 17-inning defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers, allowing three hits and one unearned run in 4.0 innings of relief. Recalled from Triple-A Portland on April 19, Hampson made three appearances overall with the Padres, going 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA (2 ER/6.0 IP). Claimed off waivers by San Diego 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. In six games with Portland this year, Hampson is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA (1 ER/6.0 IP), limiting opponents to a .190 batting average (4-for-21).

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