Padres Promote RHP Ambriz, Option Peterson
The San Diego Padres announced today that they have promoted righty Hector Ambriz to join the Major League club and 25-man roster from El Paso. Ambriz, who made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians in 2010, has been pitching with the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas. In order to make room for Ambriz, the Padres optioned infielder Jace Peterson back down to Triple-A El Paso.
Ambriz, a 29 year old Veteran who spent parts of three seasons in the American League with the Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros, was signed to a minor-league contract with the Padres this past March after entering free agency at the end of the 2013 season.
Ambriz sported a 3-7 record with a 5.37 ERA over 95 major league appearances over 104.0 innings pitched. With the Triple-A Chihuahuas, Ambriz has performed well carrying a 1-0 record with a 1.62 ERA over 14 games and 16.2 innings pitched. All 14 of Ambriz appearances with the Chihuahuas have come as relief appearances, giving up only 3 earned runs and striking out 13.
Ambriz sports a fastball that hovers in the low 90’s and a slider at an easy 85 MPH.
Peterson, the 23 year old rookie who made his debut less than two weeks ago, was called up to the majors after the club had a vacancy on the infield with third baseman Chase Headley hitting the 15-day DL. Peterson appeared in 10 games, all at third base, and sported a .174 average over 23 at bats. Peterson also stole 2 bases and committed 2 errors during his short tenure with the Padres.
Headley is currently rehabbing with the Single-A Lake Elsinore Storm alongside outfielder Carlos Quentin, and is expected to return to the club in the next week or so.
Ambriz will be on hand with the club this afternoon as the Padres face the Kansas City Royals in the last of a three game set with the chance to take the series. Ace Andrew Cashner will take the mound for the Padres as the team looks to improve their record to .500 in their last 10 games.