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Boxberger Optioned, De Los Santos DFA’d 

Padres logoThe San Diego Padres made a handful of roster moves this morning in order to make room for Pitcher Burch Smith’s first big league start against the Tampa Bay Rays. In order to make room for Smith, RHP Brad Boxberger was optioned down to Triple-A Tucson according to Bob Scanlan via twitter.

Because Smith is coming from Double-A San Antonio, room had to be made on the team’s roster. As such, RHP Fautino De Los Santos has been designated for assignment. Information of De Los Santos being DFA’d came first from The Padres own Corey Brock, also via twitter. De Los Santos was claimed off waivers by the Padres in February this year from the Milwaukee Brewers.

With the designation for De Los Santos and optioning of Boxberger, the Padres maintained a proper 40 man roster. Boxberger appeared in two games this season for the San Diego Padres, giving up only 1 hit over 3.2 innings pitched and striking out 5. De Los Santos also had only a handful of appearances this season, and went 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in two relief appearances for Tucson this season.

First pitch for Burch Smith’s first career start is slated for 3:10pm Saturday in St. Petersburg.

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Ian is a former writer for the San Diego Padres, having worked as the Padres' "In-Season Blogger" during the 2015 season. Ian wrote as a member of the Friarhood's writing staff between parts of 2013-2015, writing over 100 articles over that span. In addition to being a writer, Ian is also a recent graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego, having earned a Juris Doctor, as well as his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Law & Society from the University of California, Riverside. Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter (@SDRedBull8) to see what other ramblings he's posted about the Padres, San Diego, and baseball in general!