Padres add Estes, Rusch on minor league deals

San Diego, CA – The San Diego Padres announced today that they have agreed to terms on minor league contracts with left-handed pitchers Shawn Estes and Glendon Rusch to minor league contracts with an invite to Spring Training.

Estes, 34, made a combined 11 appearances (eight starts) between San Diego's Rookie-level Peoria, Single-A Lake Elsinore and Triple-A Portland affiliates in 2007, going 0-2 with a 4.45 ERA (14 ER/28.1 IP), 27 strikeouts and seven walks. He made his first appearance June 29 with Peoria after missing time while recovering from "Tommy John" surgery performed June 7, 2006. Estes had previously made one start for the Padres on April 5, 2006, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 7 with a strained left elbow. He was transferred to the 60-day DL on August 25, 2006, following the procedure. Over parts of 12 Major League seasons with the San Francisco Giants (1995-2001), New York Mets (2002), Cincinnati Reds (2002), Chicago Cubs (2003), Colorado Rockies (2004), Arizona Diamondbacks (2005) and Padres (2006), Estes has a career 99-90 record with a 4.71 ERA (856 ER/1634.2 IP), 1,191 strikeouts and 840 walks in 274 games (273 starts).

Rusch, 33, last pitched for the Chicago Cubs during the 2006 season, going 3-8 with a 7.46 ERA (55 ER/66.1 IP) over 25 appearances (nine starts). He missed the last part of the 2006 season after being diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism on September 12. He was released by the Cubs on January 24, 2007.

Originally selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 17th round of the 1993 First-Year Player Draft, Rusch has a career 60-94 record with a 5.01 ERA (765 ER/1375.0 IP), 1,020 strikeouts and 432 walks over parts of 10 Major League seasons with the Royals (1997-99), Mets (1999-2001), Milwaukee Brewers (2002-03) and Cubs (2004-06).

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