Brower designated for assignment

The Jim Brower experiment in San Diego ended just 17 days after it began today when the Padres designated the 33-year-old righthander for assignment. The club filled his roster spot by purchasing the contract of reliever Brian Sikorski from Portland.

Jim Brower, who was released earlier this year by the Baltimore Orioles, appeared in six games for the Friars. While frequently leaving his slider over the plate, Brower gave up eight runs on 11 hits and a walk in 7.2 innings of work with San Diego.

Brian Sikorski signed as a free agent in the offseason after pitching in Japan for five seasons. The righty had appeared in 22 games for the Portland Beavers this season, posting a 3.14 ERA and striking out 44 in 28.2 innings of work. He hadn't allowed a walk in his last 10 outings.

Originally taken by the Houston Astros in the fourth round of the 1995 draft, Sikorski had only a brief stint in the big leagues with the Rangers in 2000.

After struggling in major league spring training, Sikorski righted the ship when he began working with Portland pitching coach Gary Lance who made several mechanical changes to his delivery.

Brower has posted a 4.62 ERA over parts of eight seasons in the big leagues with seven organizations. A one-time sixth round pick of the Texas Rangers, his best year came for the San Francisco Giants in 2004 when he appeared in a league-high 89 games out of the bullpen.

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