Padres purchase Andy Ashby contract

The San Diego Padres today purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Andy Ashby. Ashby has been rehabbing with the team but has not seen any live game action on any level.

Andy Ashby, 37, signed a minor league contract with the Padres on March 30, spending the season rehabbing following successful "Tommy John" surgery on October 20, 2003.

Ashby is expected to play a role in the Padres bullpen down the stretch.

His most recent Major League action came in 2003 when he appeared in 21 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers, going 3-10 with a 5.18 ERA. He began the season in the bullpen where he went 0-2 with a 2.84 ERA before joining the rotation, making 12 starts.

This will be Ashby's second tour of duty with the Padres having been part of the club from 1993-1999. With the Padres, Ashby compiled a 70-62 record with a 3.60 ERA (484 ER/1210.0 IP) in 185 games (all starts). He helped pitch the Padres to two postseason appearances including the 1998 World Series. Ashby was twice named to the National League All-Star team, during the 1998 and 1999 seasons.

Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1986, Ashby has compiled a career record of 98-110 with a 4.13 ERA (829 ER/1808.2 IP) in 307 games (285.0 IP) over parts of 13 Major League seasons with the Phillies (1991-92, 2000), Colorado Rockies (1993), Padres (1993-99), Atlanta Braves (2000) and Dodgers (2001-2003).

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