Stauffer recalled; Hensley optioned

San Diego, CA-- The San Diego Padres today recalled right-handed pitcher Tim Stauffer from Triple-A Portland and optioned right-hander Clay Hensley to Portland. Executive Vice President/General Manager Kevin Towers made the announcement.

Tim Stauffer, 25, will start today's series finale at Philadelphia. The right-hander was previously recalled on July 29 and started that day in Houston, allowing seven runs over 3.2 innings with three strikeouts and receiving a no-decision in the Padres 18-11 win. He was optioned back to Portland on August 1.

In 24 appearances with Portland this season (19 starts), Stauffer is 8-4 with a 4.40 ERA (61 ER/124.2 IP) with 91 strikeouts compared to 34 walks. He has won each of his last five decisions and has allowed one run over his last three starts (21.0 IP).

Selected by San Diego in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, Stauffer won his only 2006 appearance with the Padres, allowing two runs (one earned) over 6.0 innings on August 21, 2006 vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. He made his Major League debut in 2005, posting a 3-6 record with a 5.33 ERA (48 ER/81.0 IP) in 15 games (14 starts). In 17 Major League appearances (16 starts) overall, he is 4-6 with a 5.56 ERA (56 ER/90.2 IP).

The 27-year-old Clay Hensley was most recently recalled from Portland on August 16 and has made two starts since that recall, going 1-0 with a 7.45 ERA (8 ER/9.2 IP). In three stints with the Padres this season, he has posted an overall record of 2-3 with a 6.43 ERA (35 ER/49.0 IP) in 12 games (nine starts).

Acquired by the Padres from the San Francisco Giants on July 13, 2003, Hensley is 14-16 with a 3.84 ERA (121 ER/283.2 IP) in 73 career appearances with San Diego (39 starts).

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