Jack Cassel, who turned 28 on Wednesday, is 7-11 with a 3.54 ERA (55 ER/139.2 IP) in 24 games (21 starts) at Portland this year. He is 6-11 with a 3.77 ERA (55 ER/131.1 IP) in 21 starts, 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER/8.1 IP) in three relief appearances. A native of Northridge, Calif., who attended Loyola Marymount University, he was originally drafted by the Padres in the 25th round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft.
Joe Thatcher, 25, will be making his second stint with the Padres this season. He pitched in three games (0 ER/2.0 IP) with San Diego after being acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers on July 25 along with right-handed pitcher Will Inman and left-hander Steve Garrison in exchange for right-hander Scott Linebrink. On August 1, the Padres optioned Thatcher to Portland, where he worked 4.1 scoreless innings over four appearances. 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.
Doug Brocail, 40, is 4-1 with a 3.96 ERA (23 ER/52.1 IP) in 43 appearances this season. Over parts of 13 Major League seasons, he is 43-43 with a 4.08 ERA (349 ER/769.1 IP) and seven saves in 510 appearances (42 starts) with San Diego (1992-1994, 2006-2007), Houston (1995-1996), Detroit (1997-2000) and Texas (2004-2005).
Scott Hairston, 27, suffered a strained left oblique muscle in the sixth inning of last night's game at St. Louis. In 11 games, he has hit .400 (8-for-20) with one double, one triple, three home runs, seven RBI and five runs since being acquired from Arizona on July 27 for right-handed pitcher Leo Rosales. In parts of four seasons with Arizona (2004-2007) and San Diego (2007), Hairston has hit .244 (139-for-570) with 32 doubles, eight triples, 19 home runs, 54 RBI, 67 runs and 41 walks in 212 games.