Padres make four more roster moves

San Diego, CA – The San Diego Padres announced today that the club has placed catcher Michael Barrett on the 15-day disabled list with concussion-like symptoms and recalled right-handed pitcher Mike Thompson from Triple-A Portland. The club has also purchased the contract of catcher Pete Laforest from Portland and optioned right-hander Jack Cassel to the Beavers.

Since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs on June 20 in exchange for catcher Rob Bowen and outfielder Kyler Burke, the 30-year-old Michael Barrett has batted .231 (24-for-104) with six doubles, eight RBI and six runs in 31 games. Over parts of 10 seasons with Montreal (1998-2003), the Cubs (20004-2007) and San Diego (2007), Barrett has hit .266 (897-for-3,371) with 215 doubles, 21 triples, 95 home runs, 386 runs and 268 walks in 1,004 Major League games.

The 26-year-old Mike Thompson was recalled from Portland on August 5 and tossed a career-high four innings of relief in the Padres' loss on Monday (August 6) in St. Louis. He allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks. In six games over three previous stints with San Diego this season, Thompson is 0-1 with a 6.91 ERA (11 ER/14.1 IP) with five strikeouts and six walks. The right-hander is 3-9 with a 6.29 ERA (75 ER/107.1 IP) in 19 games (18 starts) for Portland in 2007, compiling 62 strikeouts compared to 31 walks. Originally selected by San Diego in the fifth round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft, Thompson has a career Major League record of 4-6 with a 5.25 ERA (62 ER/106.1 IP), striking out 40 and walking 36 in 25 games (16 starts) with the Padres.

Pete Laforest, 29, was previously with San Diego from April 12-May 3 after his contract was purchased from Portland. In six games he batted .313 (5-for-16) with a double, an RBI, two runs and three walks before being outrighted to Portland on May 3. Over parts of three seasons in 50 Major League games with Tampa Bay (2003, 2005) and San Diego (2007), Laforest has a .188 batting average (24-for-128) with six doubles, one homer, 11 RBI, seven runs and 10 walks. He was claimed off waivers by the Padres on December 9, 2005.

Jack Cassel, who turned 28 on Wednesday, was recalled on Friday and made his debut in the Padres' 11-inning, 12-7 win at Cincinnati, allowing two hits and two runs over three innings. He is 7-11 with a 3.54 ERA (55 ER/139.2 IP) in 24 games (21 starts) at Portland this year. A native of Northridge, Calif., who attended Loyola Marymount University, he was originally drafted by the Padres in the 25th round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft.

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