The club also returned right-handed pitcher Doug Brocail from a rehabilitation assignment and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list. Additionally, left-handed pitcher Justin Hampson has been optioned to Triple-A Portland.
Milton Bradley, who went on the 15-day disabled list on July 1 (retroactive to June 21) due to a strained left oblique muscle, was acquired by San Diego with cash considerations from the Oakland Athletics on June 29 in exchange for right-handed pitcher Andrew Brown. The 29-year-old switch-hitter played in 19 games for Oakland this season, hitting .292 (19-for-65) with four doubles, two home runs, seven RBI, six runs scored and eight walks before he was designated for assignment by the A’s on June 21. In 649 career Major League games, Bradley has hit .271 (625-for-2309) with 133 doubles, 12 triples, 70 homers, 292 RBI, 331 runs scored and 286 walks for Montreal (2000-2001), Cleveland (2001-2003), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2004-2005) and Oakland (2006-2007).
The 30-year-old Terrmel Sledge suffered the injury diving for a ball on June 27 in San Francisco. In 57 games for the Padres this season, he is hitting .224 (32-for-143) with six doubles, six homers, 16 RBI and 17 runs scored. Sledge has made 38 starts this season, including 37 in left field and one in right. Over parts of four Major League seasons with Montreal/Washington (2004-05) and San Diego (2006-07), Sledge has batted .253 (164-for-648) with 29 doubles, seven triples, 24 home runs, 93 RBI and 76 runs scored in 248 games.
Brocail, 40, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 22 (retroactive to June 21) due to a strained left gluteus muscle. He returns after making one rehabilitation appearance with San Diego’s Single-A Lake Elsinore affiliate on July 4, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA (12 ER/32.2 IP) in 29 relief appearances for the Padres this season. Over parts of 13 Major League seasons, Brocail has a 41-43 record with seven saves and 4.06 ERA (338 ER/749.2 IP) in 496 games (42 starts) with San Diego (1992-1994, 2006-07), Houston (1995-96), Detroit (1997-2000) and Texas (2004-05).
Hampson, 27, was recalled from Portland on May 4 for his second stint with San Diego this season. He has made 16 relief appearances overall with the Padres, going 2-2 with a 2.30 ERA (7 ER/27.1 IP). 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). Claimed off waivers by San Diego from Colorado on Oct. 11, 2006, Hampson is 3-2 with a 4.21 ERA (17 ER/36.1 IP) in 20 Major League games (one start) with Colorado (2006) and San Diego (2007).