Padres release Vinny Castilla

The San Diego Padres today recalled right-handed pitcher Mike Thompson from Triple-A Portland and requested waivers on infielder Vinny Castilla for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

Thompson, 25, had his contract purchased from Triple-A Portland May 17 and made nine starts for the Padres, going 3-2 with a 4.30 ERA (25 ER/52.1 IP). He was optioned to Portland following his start in the first game of the Padres doubleheader on July 1 and is 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA (7 ER/11.1 IP) in his last two starts with the Beavers.

In 10 starts overall with Portland this season, Thompson is 5-1 with a 4.10 ERA (24 ER/52.2 IP), striking out 36 batters and walking 14. Over parts of eight minor league seasons in the Padres organization (1999-2006), Thompson has a career record of 54-48 with a 4.54 ERA (432 ER/857.0 IP) in 179 games (146 starts).

Castilla is batting .232 (59-for-254) with 10 doubles, four home runs and 23 RBI in 72 games for San Diego this season. He ranks third among National League third basemen with a .971 fielding percentage in 69 games, committing five errors in 171 total chances. The 39-year-old Castilla was acquired by the Padres from the Washington Nationals in exchange for right-handed pitcher Brian Lawrence on November 3, 2005.

Over parts of 16 Major League seasons with the Atlanta Braves (1991-92, 2002-03), Colorado Rockies (1993-99, 2004), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2000-01), Houston Astros (2001), Washington Nationals (2005) and Padres (2006), Castilla is batting .276 (1880-for-6801) with 349 doubles, 319 home runs, 1101 RBI and 900 runs. He is the all-time Major League leader by a Mexican born player in hits, home runs, doubles, RBI, runs scored, extra-base hits and total bases.

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