Padres waive Clark; Rodriguez claimed

San Diego, CA - The San Diego Padres today claimed infielder Luis Rodriguez off waivers from the Minnesota Twins. The Club also requested waivers on outfielder Brady Clark for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

Luis Rodriguez, 27, played in 68 games for the Twins this year, hitting .219 (34-for-155) with five doubles, a triple, two home runs, 12 RBI, 18 runs scored and 12 walks. The switch-hitting infielder made appearances at third base (38), second base (21) and first base (3), making a combined 37 starts in the field for Minnesota. Rodriguez also played in six games for Triple-A Rochester, all at shortstop, going 8-for-19 (.421) with a double, RBI, three runs scored and four walks.

Over parts of three Major League seasons with the Twins (2005-07), Rodriguez is a career .243 hitter (108-for-445) with 19 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 38 RBI, 50 runs scored and 44 walks in 206 games, appearing at each infield position. In 886 career minor league games over 10 seasons in the Twins organization, he has a career .275 average (863-for-3142) with 166 doubles, 12 triples, 23 home runs, 323 RBI, 443 runs scored and 389 walks.

Brady Clark, 34, was signed to a minor league contract by the Padres on August 16 and had his contract purchased from Triple-A Portland on September 1. In 21 games with San Diego, Clark hit .306 (15-for-49), with a double, two triples, six RBI, six runs scored and eight walks. Clark opened the season with the Los Angeles Dodgers and combined to hit .262 (28-for-107) with five doubles, two triples, 11 RBI, 13 runs scored and 14 walks in 68 games overall in 2007.

Over parts of eight Major League seasons with the Cincinnati Reds (2000-02), New York Mets (2002), Milwaukee Brewers (2003-06), Dodgers (2007) and Padres (2007), Clark is a career .278 hitter (557-for-2007) with 97 doubles, seven triples, 36 home runs, 209 RBI, 264 runs scored and 207 walks in 778 games.

The Padres 40-man roster is now at 40.

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