Padres make roster moves

Josh Spence

The San Diego Padres placed outfielder Brad Hawpe on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 19, with a strained middle finger on his right hand, selected left-handed-pitcher Josh Spence from Double-A San Antonio and recalled catcher Kyle Phillips from Triple-A Tucson.

In addition, the Padres have optioned left-handed-pitcher Wade LeBlanc to Triple-A Tucson, designated outfielder Luis Durango for assignment and requested unconditional release waivers on infielder Jorge Cantu.

Brad Hawpe, who turns 32 years old tomorrow, has hit .231 (45-for-195) with 10 doubles, four home runs, 19 RBI, 19 runs scored and 19 walks against 68 strikeouts in 62 games played for San Diego this season. The left-handed-hitter has made 50 starts this season, including 42 at first base, seven in right field and one as the designated hitter. Over his last 44 games since April 25, he has hit .278 (40-for-144), including .303 (27-for-89) over 27 games in May. He was signed as a free agent by the Padres on January 3 this year. Originally signed by the Colorado Rockies as an 11th-round selection in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, he has hit .276 (801-for-2907) with 176 doubles, 23 triples, 124 home runs, 490 RBI, 398 runs scored and 425 walks against 796 strikeouts over parts of eight Major League seasons with the Rockies (2004-10), Tampa Bay Rays (2010) and Padres (2011).

Josh Spence, 23, was selected by the Padres in the ninth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Arizona State University. The left-hander is the second player from the 2010 Draft to reach the Major Leagues, with the Chicago White Sox's Chris Sale (13th overall selection) having made his Major League debut last season. Spence has spent the entire 2010 season with Double-A San Antonio, going 3-1 with a 1.71 ERA (9 ER/47.1 IP), 42 strikeouts against 11 walks and a .180 (29-for-161) opponents batting average over 35 relief appearances for the Missions. A native of Victoria, Australia, he has gone 5-3 with a 2.14 ERA (17 ER/71.1 IP) and 84 strikeouts against 18 walks in 45 appearances, five starts, over his two professional seasons in the Padres (2010-11) organization.

Kyle Phillips, 27, was optioned to Triple-A Tucson on June 13 and has hit .071 (1-for-14) with two RBI, one run scored and two walks in five games for the Tucson Padres. In 21 games for San Diego this year he has hit .239 (11-for-46) with two doubles, two home runs, eight RBI, seven runs scored and five walks against eight strikeouts. The left-handed-hitter has made 12 starts for San Diego, all behind the plate. He has thrown out five of 13 (38.5 %) attempted base stealers. In 19 games for Double-A San Antonio this year, he hit .316 (24-for-76) with four doubles, two home runs, 15 RBI, 10 runs scored and four walks against just one strikeout. Acquired by the Padres from the Toronto Blue Jays on June 25 last season, he has hit .250 (16-for-64) with five doubles, two home runs, 10 RBI, eight runs scored and five walks against 12 strikeouts over two Major League seasons with the Blue Jays (2009) and Padres (2011).

LeBlanc, 26, was recalled from Triple-A Tucson for his third stint with San Diego this season on June 14, making the start that night against Colorado at Coors Field. In three starts for San Diego this season he has gone 0-2 with a 5.17 ERA (9 ER/15.2 IP). In 11 starts for Tucson he is 5-1 with a 5.24 ERA (40 ER/68.2 IP), a .287 (80-for-279) opponents batting average and 61 strikeouts against 19 walks. Originally signed as a second-round selection by the Padres in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, LeBlanc has gone 12-18 with a 4.55 ERA (116 ER/229.1 IP) in 43 career games, 41 starts, over parts of four Major League seasons, all with the Padres (2008-11).

Durango, 25, has hit .243 (43-for-177) with three doubles, three triples, 15 RBI, 36 runs scored, 10 stolen bases and 19 walks against 31 strikeouts over 61 games played for Tucson this season. In a career-high 28 games for San Diego last year he hit .250 (12-for-48) with four RBI, eight runs scored and five stolen bases. Originally signed by the Padres as a non-drafted free agent in September of 2003, the switch-hitter has hit .305 (18-for-59) with four RBI, 11 runs scored, seven stolen bases and six walks against nine strikeouts in 37 games played across two Major League seasons for San Diego (2009-10). Across eight minor league seasons in the Padres organization he has hit .310 (672-for-2167) with 47 doubles, 24 triples, three home runs, 166 RBI, 399 runs scored, 167 stolen bases and 312 walks against 299 strikeouts over 622 games.

Cantu, 29, was designated for assignment by the Padres on June 16. In 57 games for the Padres this year he hit .194 (28-for-144) with four doubles, three home runs, 16 RBI, eight runs scored and seven walks against 28 strikeouts.

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