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).