Germano up to San Diego; Ring to Portland

San Diego, CA-- The San Diego Padres today purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Justin Germano from Triple-A Portland and optioned left-hander Royce Ring to Portland.

Justin Germano, 24, has gone 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA (6 ER/ 32.0 IP) in five starts with Portland this season, recording 20 strikeouts compared to three walks. He is holding opponents to a .197 average (23-for-117) and has not allowed a home run over his 32 innings with the Beavers. Germano, who was claimed off outright waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies on March 19, appeared in four Spring Training games with San Diego (one start), posting a 1-0 record with a 9.00 ERA (5 ER/5.0 IP).

Originally selected by the Padres in the 13th round of the 2000 First-Year Player draft, Germano made his Major League debut with San Diego on May 22, 2004 and became the 16th pitcher in franchise history to win his Big League debut. He was traded along with right-handed pitcher Travis Chick to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for third baseman Joe Randa on July 23, 2005. Over parts of two Major League seasons with the Padres (2004) and Reds (2006), Germano is 1-3 with an 8.04 ERA (25 ER/28.0 IP) in nine career games (six starts) with 24 strikeouts and 17 walks.

Royce Ring, 26, was recalled from Triple-A Portland on April 30 and has appeared in two games for the Padres this season, allowing one hit over 2.0 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Prior to his recall, he posted a 1.32 ERA (2 ER/13.2 IP) in 11 relief appearances with Portland.

In 28 Major League games over parts of three seasons with the New York Mets (2005-2006) and Padres (2007), Ring is 0-2 with a 3.20 ERA (9 ER/25.1 IP). He was acquired by the Padres on November 15, 2006 along with right-hander Heath Bell in exchange for outfielder Ben Johnson and right-handed pitcher Jon Adkins.

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