Burch Smith Optioned to AAA Tucson
The Burch Smith experiment was put on hold Wednesday evening, as Manager Bud Black announced that the 23 year old rookie was to be optioned to Triple-A Tucson following a 5-3 loss at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals. The young right-hander was called up from Double-A San Antonio on May 11th and made his Major League debut against Tampa Bay that same day. During his tenure with the club, Smith surrendered 15 runs over 7.1 innings pitched in three starts, accumulating an 18.41 ERA.
Smith did have his moments during his three starts, collecting 11 strikeouts, but also at the same time giving up 4 homeruns and walking 6. Wednesday night’s start marked the second time during Smith’s short stint in the Majors where he could not record an out in the second inning of a game. Recently called up pitcher Tim Stauffer pitched in relief of Smith, going for 5.2 innings – the most by a Padres reliever in 5 years.
The club neglected to announce who would be filling in for Smith in the meantime, noting that an official announcement would come Friday when the club starts a short 5-game road trip in Phoenix. Thursday presents an off-day for the Padres before they hit a stretch of 20 consecutive games, their longest of the season.