Rusty Tucker claimed by the White Sox

Rusty Tucker, previously designated for assignment by the Padres, was claimed by the Chicago White Sox on Monday. Tucker will report to Tucson with the White Sox on Friday.

Rusty Tucker posted a 5.31 ERA in 62 2/3 innings for the Double-A Mobile BayBears in 2005, his first full season back following Tommy John surgery in 2003.

"It's been a crazy couple of weeks," said Tucker. "I knew there was a chance I still could be a Padre which would have been great, but obviously to keep my roster spot and to be with the White Sox is pretty neat."

"You never want to lose a kid who's a left-hander and has a big arm," said Grady Fuson, the Padres' vice president of scouting and player development. "But that's the sort of thing you have to do to add a proven guy you want to bring in."

Tucker was originally taken by the Padres in the 21st round of the 2001 draft out of the University of Maine. A left-handed reliever, Tucker regularly hit the mid-90s with his fastball before the surgery. He was removed from the 40-man roster to make room for the addition of catcher Mike Piazza.

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