Padres add six to 40-man roster

San Diego, CA – The San Diego Padres today purchased the contracts of right-handed pitchers Matt Bush, Cesar Carrillo and Jackson Quezada, left-handed pitcher Cesar Ramos, catcher Jose Lobaton and outfielder Luis Durango from Triple-A Portland.

Matt Bush, 22, did not play in 2008 after undergoing reconstructive surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow (Tommy John surgery) in August of 2007. A native of San Diego, Bush was selected by the Padres first overall in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. He began his minor league career as a shortstop, batting .219 (158-for-722) with 22 doubles, five triples, three home runs, 70 RBI, 86 runs scored, 71 walks and 15 stolen bases in 206 games over parts of four seasons (2004-07) at the Rookie, Short-A and Single-A levels. Converted to pitcher during the 2007 campaign, Bush went 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA (1 ER/7.2 IP), 16 strikeouts and two walks in seven relief appearances between Rookie-level Peoria and Single-A Fort Wayne.

The 24-year-old Cesar Carrillo went 3-5 with a 5.97 ERA (38 ER/57.1 IP) in 15 games (14 starts) with Single-A Lake Elsinore in 2008 after returning from Tommy John surgery during the 2007 season. Selected by the Padres in the first round (18th overall) of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Carrillo is 9-12 with a 5.07 ERA (103 ER/182.2 IP), 148 strikeouts and 81 walks in 42 minor league appearances (41 starts) over parts of four seasons in the San Diego system (2005-08).

Jackson Quezada, 22, spent the entire 2008 season at Single-A Fort Wayne, going 2-4 with 27 saves, a 2.12 ERA (15 ER/63.2 IP) and 79 strikeouts. The right-hander converted a Midwest League-best 27 saves in 30 chances while averaging 1.2 strikeouts per inning of work and limiting opponents to a .180 average (42-for-233). He converted each of his first 13 save opportunities. Signed as a non-drafted free agent on July 8, 2003, Quezada has gone 18-13 with 34 saves and a 2.31 ERA (65 ER/253.2 IP) in 122 minor league games (24 starts) over parts of five years in the Padres organization (2004-08).

Cesar Ramos, 24, appeared in 28 games (27 starts) with Triple-A Portland in 2008, going 9-11 with a 5.29 ERA (88 ER/149.2 IP), 105 strikeouts and 57 walks. Signed by San Diego out of Long Beach State University as a supplemental-round selection (35th overall) in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Ramos is 32-31 with a 4.22 ERA (241 ER/513.2 IP) in 94 career minor league games (89 starts) in the Padres organization.

Jose Lobaton, 24, played in 92 games at Double-A San Antonio in 2008, hitting .259 (76-for-294) with 21 doubles, nine home runs, 45 RBI and 35 runs scored. Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent May 13, 2002, the switch-hitting catcher has hit .252 (307-for-1,234) with 78 doubles, four triples, 33 home runs, 183 RBI and 157 runs scored in 379 minor league games over seven seasons in the Padres organization (2002-08).

The 22-year-old Luis Durango spent the majority of the 2008 campaign with Single-A Fort Wayne, batting .305 (102-for-334) with 11 doubles, three triples, one home run, 25 RBI, 56 runs scored, 49 walks and 14 stolen bases. The switch-hitting outfielder finished third among Midwest League leaders in batting average and on-base percentage (.395). He was promoted to Single-A Lake Elsinore in August and hit .431 (31-for-72) in 17 games with the Storm. Signed as a non-drafted free agent on September 21, 2003, Durango has hit .335 (392-for-1,171) with 30 doubles, 17 triples, three home runs, 102 RBI, 243 runs, 167 walks and 78 stolen bases in 327 games in the Padres system.

The Padres 40-man roster is now at 37.

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