Thatcher recalled; Stauffer optioned

San Diego, CA-- The San Diego Padres today recalled left-handed pitcher Joe Thatcher and optioned right-hander Tim Stauffer to Triple-A Portland.

Thatcher made his Major League debut with the Padres on July 26 at Houston. In five relief appearances over two stints with San Diego, he has allowed three unearned runs over 5.0 innings of work while recording three strikeouts and two walks. In eight relief appearances for Triple-A Portland, he is 1-0 with a 1.04 ERA (1 ER/8.2 IP), 11 strikeouts and one walk.

The 25-year-old Joe Thatcher was acquired by the Padres from the Milwaukee Brewers with left-hander Steve Garrison and right-handed pitcher Will Inman in exchange for right-handed pitcher Scott Linebrink on July 25. In 24 relief appearances this season with Triple-A Nashville, he went 2-1 with one save and a 2.08 ERA (5 ER/21.2 IP) with seven walks and 33 strikeouts. Thatcher 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.

Tim Stauffer, 25, was recalled from Portland yesterday (August 26) and started the series finale in Philadelphia. The right-hander was tagged for the loss, allowing 11 runs on 11 hits over 4.0 innings. In his two starts with the Padres this season, Stauffer is 0-1 with a 21.13 ERA (18 ER/7.2 IP).

In 24 appearances with Portland this season (19 starts), Stauffer has gone 8-4 with a 4.40 ERA (61 ER/124.2 IP) with 91 strikeouts compared to 34 walks. He has won each of his last five decisions and has allowed one run over his last three starts (21.0 IP).

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