Peavy to DL; Thatcher recalled

San Diego, CA- The San Diego Padres today placed right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to May 15) with a strained right elbow and recalled left-handed pitcher Joe Thatcher from Triple-A Portland.

Jake Peavy, 26, is 4-3 with one complete game and a 2.91 ERA (19 ER/58.2 IP) in nine starts for the Padres this season. His 60 strikeouts are third among National League pitching leaders. The 2007 National League Cy Young Award winner, Peavy is 80-54 with a 3.29 ERA (419 ER/1146.0 IP) and a franchise-best 1,150 strikeouts in 181 career starts over parts of seven Major League seasons with San Diego (2002-08).

The 26-year-old Joe Thatcher has made two relief appearances with Triple-A Portland, posting a 9.00 ERA (2 ER/2.0 IP) with four strikeouts and one walk. The left-hander began the season with the Padres and went 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA (13 ER/17.1 IP), 12 strikeouts and seven walks in 16 relief appearances before he was optioned to Portland on May 11. Acquired from Milwaukee along with right-handed pitcher Will Inman and left-hander Steve Garrison in exchange for right-handed pitcher Scott Linebrink on July 25, 2007, Thatcher made his Major League debut with the Padres in 2007 and is 2-6 with a 3.76 ERA (16 ER/38.1 IP) in 38 appearances with San Diego.

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