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Padres Activate Erlin; Option Boxberger 

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With the ever present hole in the Padres starting rotation glaring back at the organization, the Padres announced today that rookie Right-Hander Robbie Erlin would be recalled and activated to start tonight’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Erlin, 22 years old, made his major league debut with the club earlier this season and has also started four games, posting a 1-2 record with a 6.97 ERA in that role. Erlin’s other two appearances this season came as a reliever with a 9.00 ERA in two innings pitched. Overall, Erlin has pitched in 22.2 innings this season over six appearances, and has sported a 7.15 ERA with 16 strikeouts and 8 walks.

In order to make room for Erlin on the roster, the Padres have elected to option right-handed reliever Brad Boxberger back down to Triple-A Tucson. Boxberger has appeared in 10 games for the Padres this season, carrying a 3.07 ERA over 14.2 innings pitched and a 0-1 record and 1 save under his belt – the first of his career.

Boxberger made his major league debut with the Padres last season, appearing in 24 games and earning a 2.60 ERA in 27.2 innings pitched. While Boxberger has been fairly consistent at the major league level with a 2.76 ERA over parts of two seasons with the Padres, the young righty has been sporadic down on the farm this season posting a 3.67 ERA with a 2-4 record.

Erlin will take the mound tonight against southpaw Wade Miley (9-8, 3.60 ERA). First pitch is slated for 6:40pm at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.



About the author: Ian Edward Russell Smith

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!