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Padres September Call-Ups: Mike Ekstrom

Mike Ekstrom

No matter what type of season you had the previous year, a bad year changes everything in the life of minor league player. Unless you were a high draft pick, most players are only allowed one bite of the apple.

Mike Ekstrom had a big year in 2006 at Lake Elsinore and then he never really got on track at San Antonio in 2007. So when he was removed from the starting rotation in early June, it was a pretty big moment in his career. If he didn't perform in the bullpen, there was a good chance he wouldn't be back. After going 2-5 in the first half with a 6.52 ERA, Ekstrom turned it around in the bullpen...

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