Padres recall Hampson; Ring optioned

San Diego, CA - The San Diego Padres announced today that the club has recalled left-handed pitcher Justin Hampson from Triple-A Portland. The Padres also optioned left-hander Royce Ring to Portland following yesterday's game against the Phillies.

Justin Hampson, 27, was most recently optioned to Portland on July 7. Over two stints with San Diego this season, he is 2-2 with a 2.30 ERA (7 ER/27.1 IP) in 16 relief appearances. In 10 games with Portland this year, Hampson is 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA (5 ER/12.2 IP), limiting left-handed hitters to a .133 batting average (2-for-15).

Claimed off waivers by San Diego from Colorado on Oct. 11, 2006, Hampson is 3-2 with a 3.89 ERA (17 ER/39.1 IP) in 21 Major League games (one start) with Colorado (2006) and San Diego (2007).

The 26-year-old Royce Ring was recalled from Triple-A Portland on June 22 for his second stint with San Diego. In 15 relief appearances with the Padres overall this season, he is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA (6 ER/15.0 IP). Ring is 4-0 with a 1.23 ERA (4 ER/29.1 IP) and one save in 25 games with Portland in 2007.

A native of La Mesa, Calif., Ring has a career record of 1-2 with a 3.52 ERA (15 ER/38.1 IP) in 41 Major League games with the New York Mets (2005-2006) and Padres (2007). The Padres acquired Ring from the Mets on November 15, 2006 along with right-handed pitcher Heath Bell in exchange for outfielder Ben Johnson and right-hander Jon Adkins.

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