Padres bring up Ross, Alexander and Cassidy

The San Diego Padres today recalled catcher David Ross and purchased the contracts of infielder Manny Alexander and right-handed pitcher Scott Cassidy from Triple-A Portland.

David Ross, who was optioned to Portland on August 26, batted .143 (3-for-21) with three runs scored in six games with the Beavers. The 28-year-old batted .333 (5-for-15) with a triple and a run scored in eight games for the Padres this season. He was acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 28 and is batting .236 (29-for-123) with three home runs and 15 RBI in a combined 48 games between the Pirates and Padres.

Over parts of four Major League seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2002-2004), Pirates (2005) and Padres (2005), Ross has a career batting average of .216 (92-for-422) with 19 home runs and 50 RBI in 166 games.

Manny Alexander, 34, was acquired from the Texas Rangers (Triple-A Oklahoma) in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Juan Jimenez on August 31. He has played exclusively in the minor leagues in 2005, batting .306 (133-for434) with 12 home runs, 68 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 112 games, including batting .250 (4-for-16) in four games at Portland.

Over parts of nine Major League seasons with the Baltimore Orioles (1992-1996), Chicago Cubs (1997, 1998-1999), New York Mets (1997), Boston Red Sox (2000) and Rangers (2004), Alexander has a career batting average of .234 (285-for-1219) with 15 home runs, 48 doubles, 111 RBI, 37 stolen bases and 164 runs scored in 561 games.

Scott Cassidy, 30, was acquired in a trade with the Boston Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Adam Hyzdu on July 19. He went 0-1 with a 1.89 ERA (4 ER/19.0 IP) with 11 saves and 19 strikeouts in 17 games with the Beavers.

Over parts of two Major League seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays (2002) and Red Sox (2005), Cassidy has a career record of 1-4 with a 6.08 ERA (45 ER/66.2 IP) with 48 strikeouts in 59 games.

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