Padres Recall Boxberger; Designate O’Sullivan
The Sean O’Sullivan experiment may be over as the Padres announced Monday afternoon that the club has decided to designate the 25-year old right hander for assignment. O’Sullivan’s departure from the roster was corresponded with the recall of RHP Brad Boxberger; with O’Sullivan being DFA’d, the Padres now have only 39 active members on their official 40-man roster.
O’Sullivan had pitched decently well in game he had started this season, surrendering only 4 earned runs over 17.1 innings (2.07 ERA when starting). Pitching in relief was a different story, however, giving up 6 earned runs over 7.2 innings (7.04 ERA in relief).
Overall, O’Sullivan posted a 0-2 record with a combined 3.96 ERA in 7 games this season with 25 innings pitched. The Padres picked O’Sullivan up as a free agent in the offseason where he was signed to a major league contract; he sports a lifetime 5.89 ERA over four major league seasons.
On the other side of this transaction, reliever Brad Boxberger will be making his fourth stint with the big league club this season. Over 9.0 innings this season, Boxberger has surrendered 4 earned runs and earned both his first career save and a loss in six games (0-1, 4.0 ERA).
Boxberger has seen success down in Triple-A Tucson this season, posting a 3.67 ERA and a 2-4 record with four saves. Over his last 21.2 innings pitched, Boxberger has surrendered only five earned runs (2.12 ERA); additionally, Boxberger has limited hitters to a .238 batting average, striking out 86 and walking only 19 in 41 games down in Triple-A.
Boxberger will be on hand for the start of a 3-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday night. Righty Andrew Cashner will take the mound against Pirates’ southpaw Francisco Liriano. First pitch is slated for 7:05pm tonight at Petco Park.