Joe Thatcher is expected to join the Padres on Thursday when the club begins a four-game series at Houston. William Inman will report to Double-A San Antonio, Steve Garrison to Single-A Lake Elsinore.
In 24 relief appearances this season with Triple-A Nashville, the 25-year-old Thatcher is 2-1 with one save and a 2.08 ERA (5 ER/21.2 IP) with seven walks and 33 strikeouts. He began the 2007 season at Double-A Huntsville, posting a 1-0 record and 0.55 ERA (1 ER/16.1 IP) in 14 games with two walks and 20 strikeouts. After two seasons with River City of the independent Frontier League, Thatcher was signed by the Brewers on July 19, 2005.
Inman, 20, is 1-5 with a 5.45 ERA (24 ER/39.2 IP) with 16 walks and 42 strikeouts over eight starts with Hunstville. He began the season at Single-A Brevard County, where he was 4-3 with a 1.72 ERA (15 ER/78.2 IP) in 13 starts. Inman was the Brewers’ third round selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.
Garrison, 20, is 8-4 with a 3.44 ERA (40 ER/104.2 IP) with 28 walks and 74 strikeouts in 20 starts at Brevard County. The Brewers selected Garrison in the 10th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.
Linebrink, who turns 31 August 4, is 3-3 with a 3.80 ERA (19 ER/45.0 IP) in 44 appearances with the Padres this season. He has issued 14 walks, fanned 25 batters and has one save in seven opportunities.
Linebrink has a career Major League record of 28-13 with four saves a 3.19 ERA (148 ER/417.1 IP) in 357 games with San Francisco (2000), Houston (2000-2003) and San Diego (2003-2007). He has 148 walks and 353 strikeouts. Linebrink was drafted by the Giants in the second round of the 1997 First-Year Player Draft.
Since being claimed off waivers by the Padres from Houston on May 29, 2003, Linebrink is 27-12 with a 2.73 ERA (103 ER/339.0 IP) and four saves in 306 games. He has stuck out 297 while walking 107 with the Padres.