Hernandez to disabled list, Quintero called up

The San Diego Padres today placed catcher Ramon Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left knee and recalled catcher Humberto Quintero from Triple-A Portland.

Ramon Hernandez, 28, suffered the injury in a home-plate collision with Toronto's Howie Clark in the eighth inning of yesterday's 3-0 loss to the Blue Jays at PETCO Park.

He has appeared in 55 games with the Padres this season, batting .266 (49-for-184) with eight doubles, seven home runs and 25 RBI. Behind the plate, Hernandez has posted a 3.84 catcher's ERA (192 ER/450.1 IP) and thrown out 11 of 39 (28.2) would-be basestealers.

Acquired from Oakland with outfielder Terrence Long in exchange for Mark Kotsay, Hernandez has batted .255 (529-for-2078) with 103 doubles, one triple, 67 home runs and 288 RBI in 650 career games between the Athletics (1999-2003) and Padres (2004).

Humberto Quintero, 24, batted .302 (57-for-189) with 14 doubles, three home runs and 20 RBI in 49 games with the Portland Beavers. He was leading the Beavers in hits and doubles and had hit safely in 11 consecutive games at the time of his promotion.

In his last game, Quintero had the game winning home run in the ninth inning.

Acquired from the White Sox with outfielder Alex Fernandez in exchange for infielder D'Angelo Jimenez on July 12, 2002, Quintero has hit .217 (5-for-23) with two RBI and one run scored in 12 career games with the Padres.

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