Padres release nine minor leaguers

Peoria, AZ-- The San Diego Padres released nine players from minor league camp on Tuesday. Left-handers Erick Burke, Justin Mattison and Jan Granado, right-handers Ryan Trytten, Matt Varner, Eddie Pena, Jarrett Gardner, and Jamie Baker, and outfielder Adam Bourassa were let go.

Left-hander Erick Burke went 3-3 with a 4.15 ERA over 49 games for Triple-A Portland last season. In 80.1 innings, Burke allowed 78 hits, walked 45 and struck out 79. He was signed this off-season as a six-year free agent.

Right-hander Ryan Trytten was originally signed as a free agent in 2005. Injury problems plagued him in 2006 and he made just 20 appearances with 17 coming in Double-A Mobile. He posted a 5.83 ERA in 29.1 innings, allowing 32 hits and walking nine.

Outfielder Adam Bourassa lit up the California League after he was acquired as a free agent in 2005, hitting .356 with 69 hits in 48 games for the Storm. Last year, Bourassa battled injuries and ended up hitting .270 over three leagues in 49 games.

Right-hander Matt Varner was originally selected by the Padres in the 11th-round of the 2004 MLB Draft. He spent last season with the Lake Elsinore Storm, going 1-5 with a 2.28 ERA over 43 games. In 43.1 innings, he allowed 53 hits, walked 12 and struck out 36. Varner was suspended 50 games for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Right-handed submariner Eddie Pena went 0-2 with a 3.92 ERA over 34 games split between three leagues. He spent the majority of his time with the Fort Wayne Wizards where he posted a 3.99 ERA in 27 outings. Over 47.1 innings, he allowed 51 hits, walked nine and struck out 38. Pena was signed as a free agent prior to the 2006 season.

Left-hander Justin Mattison went 3-1 with a 3.29 ERA over 26 games for the Eugene Emeralds. Signed as a free agent, the southpaw allowed 22 hits and walked 26 over 27.1 innings.

Right-hander Jarrett Gardner went 5-4 with a 4.50 ERA over 13 games for the Fort Wayne Wizards. A mid-season pickup as a free agent, Gardner allowed 86 hits and five walks over 68 innings, striking out 37.

Left-hander Jan Granado was signed as a six-year free agent this off-season. He compiled a 35-40 career record over seven minor league seasons with a 3.82 ERA.

Right-hander Jamie Baker was signed this off-season as an undrafted free agent. Baker pitched for the Nashua Pride last year, going 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA over 34 games while holding the opposition to a .179 average against.

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