Padres recall Royce Ring; option Hampson

San Diego, CA-- The San Diego Padres today recalled left-handed pitcher Royce Ring from Triple-A Portland and optioned left-hander Justin Hampson to that same Portland club.

Royce Ring, 26, has posted a 1.32 ERA (2 ER/13.2 IP) in 11 relief appearances with Portland this season. He has not been scored upon in his past five games with the Beavers (5.0 IP), including 1.1 innings yesterday at Tucson.

A native of La Mesa, Calif., who attended San Diego State, Ring went a combined 0-2 with 3.47 ERA (9 ER/23.1 IP) in 26 Major League games over parts of two seasons with the New York Mets (2005-2006). He was acquired by the Padres on Nov. 15, 2006 along with right-hander Heath Bell in exchange for outfielder Ben Johnson and right-handed pitcher Jon Adkins. Ring made seven official Spring Training appearances with the Padres before his March 22 option to Portland. He was 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA (4 ER/7.1 IP).

Justin Hampson, 26, suffered the loss yesterday in the 5-4, 17-inning defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He allowed three hits and one unearned run in 4.0 innings pitched. Recalled from Triple-A Portland on April 19, Hampson made three appearances overall with San Diego, going 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA (2 ER/6.0 IP).

Claimed off waivers from Colorado on Oct. 11, 2006, Hampson made his Major League debut last season, going 1-0 with a 7.50 ERA (10 ER/ 12.0 IP) in five games (one start) for the Rockies.

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