Justin Hampson, 28, went 0-1 with a 7.27 ERA (7 ER/8.2 IP) in 10 relief appearances with the Padres this season before he was optioned to Portland on June 27. In 10 relief outings with the Beavers, he has gone 1-2 with a 3.48 ERA (4 ER/10.1 IP), 16 strikeouts and three walks. Hampson began the season on the disabled list with left shoulder tendinitis and was reinstated on June 2. Claimed off waivers by San Diego from Colorado on October 11, 2006, Hampson is 3-4 with a 4.01 ERA (33 ER/74.0 IP), 51 strikeouts and 23 walks over 54 career Major League appearances (one start) with the Rockies (2006) and Padres (2007-08).
The 27-year-old Luke Carlin made his Major League debut with the Padres on May 10 and has been behind the plate in 30 games including 23 starts. At the plate, he has gone 11-for-80 (.138) with three doubles, one triple, two RBI and 10 runs scored. In 11 games with Triple-A Portland to begin the season, Carlin hit .387 (12-for-31) with two doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI, eight runs scored and 15 walks. He was behind the plate in each of those 11 contests, throwing out four of eight would-be base stealers.
Joe Thatcher, 26, is 0-4 with an 8.42 ERA (24 ER/25.2 IP) in 25 relief appearances over four stints with San Diego in 2008. In 19 relief appearances with Portland this year he has gone 4-0 with three saves and a 1.21 ERA (3 ER/22.1 IP). Thatcher made his Major League debut with the Padres in 2007 and is 2-6 with a 5.21 ERA (27 ER/46.2 IP), 19 walks and 33 strikeouts in 47 career relief outings.