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Padres Promote Hynes; Option Brach 

The pitching shuffle continues for the Padres as they enter the All Star Break, as the team has chosen to promote left-handed pitcher Colt Hynes from triple-A Tucson according to MLB.com’s own Corey Brock. News of Hynes arrival broke Sunday morning before the Padres final game of a four game set against the San Francisco Giants. Hynes, aged 28 years old, will be making his first major league stint with the team and could potentially make his big league debut Sunday afternoon.

Joshua “Colt” Hynes was a draft pick out of the 31st round of the 2007 first year player draft after having pitched as both a reliever and a starter for Texas Tech University. During the 2013 season, Hynes pitched for the Tucson Padres where he collected a 1.80 ERA over 35.0 innings pitched in 31 games. Hynes had also pitched for the Triple-A Tucson Padres in parts of the 2011 and 2012 seasons where he had under performed, but returned to the Double-A club for some fine tuning in 2013. The fine tuning with the Missions paid off as Hynes collected a 0.73 ERA over 12.1 innings pitched and a 1-0 record in 10 games. Hynes has a lifetime 3.59 ERA over parts of 7 seasons in the minors.

Hynes will be taking the place of reliever Brad Brach who has jumped between Tucson and San Diego quite a few times this season. Brach last appeared in Saturday night’s game where he pitched an inning of relief and collected one strikeout. Over the 2013 season, Brach has sported a 3.97 ERA and 1-0 record over 25 games and 22.2 innings pitched. While Brach has been fairly consistent this season, the Padres elected to add a fresh arm to the club in an attempt to revitalize the bullpen which has posted a combined 3.96 ERA this season.

The Padres will attempt to take the last game of a series that has already seen a no-hitter and two games with a 9-run differential against the San Francisco Giants. To avoid being swept, the Padres will place Eric Stults against Barry Zito at 1:10pm at PETCO Park.

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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!