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Padres Make Moves; Call-up RHPs Bass, Boxberger, Brach and Smith 

Ian Banner

The Padres September call-ups continued in full swing Tuesday afternoon, after the club had announced that right-handed pitchers Anthony Bass, Brad Boxberger and Brad Brach had all been called up from Triple-A Tucson to be added to the San Diego Bullpen. The Padres also announced Monday afternoon that righty Burch Smith was also called up from Tucson and that he may be given a chance to start Friday evening against the Colorado Rockies. With the moves, the active roster now stands at 31 active players.

Smith, 23, made his major league debut earlier this season when he started a game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Smith has appeared in six games for the Padres in 2013, posting an 0-1 record with an 11.37 ERA (three starts, three relief appearances).

Smith showed signs of brilliance at times, striking out 15 in 12.2 innings pitched, but he struggled to command his fastball, giving up 5 homeruns and 16 earned runs in four of his six appearances. Most recently, Smith started a game for triple-A Tucson where he threw seven shutout innings and giving up only 3 hits. Smith earned a no-decision for that game, and has posted a 5-1 record with a 3.39 ERA in 12 games for Tucson this season.

Bass, 25, who is in his third major league season with the Padres, has been called up between triple-A and the majors numerous times this season. Bass most recently had been called up for the two series against the Diamondbacks and Dodgers; he showed excellent control and stamina in Phoenix but struggled to recreate that brilliance in Los Angeles.

In 21 games with the Padres this season, Bass has posted a 0-0 record with a 5.11 ERA over 37 innings pitched. Bass hopes to return to the impressive form he had in his first season where he went 2-0 with a 1.68 ERA in 2011.

Boxberger, 25, also has jumped between Tucson and San Diego this season, maintaining a 0-1 record with a 3.07 ERA. Boxberger earned his first major league save this season, and has done pretty well over his 10 appearances with the big league club in 2013. Boxberger will be making his fourth stint with the club this season and looks to stay put during the September call-up period.

Finally, Brach, aged 27, will be also making his fourth stint with the Padres this season. Brach has been fairly consistent in 2013, posting a 1-0 record with a 3.65 ERA. In addition to earning a win this season, Brach has also collected two holds in his 26 appearances in relief.

All four pitchers will be on hand for tonight’s game against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park. The Padres will try to secure a series win against the Giants after defeating the club 4-1 Monday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 7:10pm where southpaw Robbie Erlin will take on fellow lefty Madison Bumgarner.



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!

  • ballybunion

    A series win will leave the Padres and Giants tied. Better go for the sweep – the Giants don’t have a 10-game road trip coming up… oh, wait, they do, and it looks as bad as the Padres’ schedule!