Padres option Stauffer, Thatcher

San Diego, CA-- The San Diego Padres today optioned right-handed pitcher Tim Stauffer and left-hander Joe Thatcher to Triple-A Portland.

The moves make room on San Diego's 25-man roster for infielder Morgan Ensberg, infielder/outfielder Rob Mackowiak and left-handed pitcher Wil Ledezma, who were all acquired by the Padres yesterday.

The three players reported to the club today and will be in uniform at tonight's game versus the Diamondbacks. Ensberg was acquired with cash considerations from the Houston Astros for a player to be named or cash considerations, while Mackowiak was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Jon Link. Ledezma and minor league left-handed pitcher Will Startup came over from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for left-hander Royce Ring.

Tim Stauffer, 25, was recalled from Portland on Sunday (July 29) and started that day in Houston. The right-hander did not factor in the decision in San Diego's 18-11 win after yielding seven runs over 3.2 innings of work.

In 20 games (15 starts) for Portland this year, he was 5-4 with a 5.34 ERA (58 ER/97.2 IP), including a 5-4 mark with a 4.74 ERA (47 ER/89.1 IP) as a starter.

The 25-year-old Joe Thatcher made his Major League debut with the Padres on July 26 at Houston. In three relief appearances overall with San Diego, he has allowed three unearned runs over 2.0 innings of work.

Thatcher was acquired by the Padres from the Milwaukee Brewers with left-hander Steve Garrison and right-handed pitcher Will Inman in exchange for right-handed pitcher Scott Linebrink on July 25. In 24 relief appearances this season with Triple-A Nashville, he went 2-1 with one save and a 2.08 ERA (5 ER/21.2 IP) with seven walks and 33 strikeouts. Thatcher began the 2007 season at Double-A Huntsville, posting a 1-0 record and 0.55 ERA (1 ER/16.1 IP) in 14 games with two walks and 20 strikeouts.

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