Bard to DL; Carlin recalled

San Diego, CA – The San Diego Padres today placed catcher Josh Bard on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to August 7) with a strained right tricep and recalled catcher Luke Carlin from Triple-A Portland.

Josh Bard, 30, has started 40 games behind the plate for San Diego this season, batting .209 (31-for-148) with eight doubles, one home run, 12 RBI, 10 runs scored and 15 walks in 44 games overall. He is 5-for-18 (.278) in six games since coming off the disabled list on July 24. He previously went on the disabled list on May 22 with a left ankle sprain and missed 54 games.

In 418 Major League games over parts of seven seasons with Cleveland (2002-05), Boston (2006) and San Diego (2006-08), Bard is hitting .268 (343-for-1281) with 79 doubles, three triples, 28 home runs, 164 RBI and 127 runs scored.

The 27-year-old Luke Carlin was optioned to Portland on July 24. His contract was purchased by San Diego on May 9 and he made his Major League debut with the club on May 10. Carlin has appeared behind the plate in 30 games for the Padres including 23 starts. At the plate, he is 11-for-80 (.138) with three doubles, one triple, two RBI and 10 runs scored.

In 22 games overall with Triple-A Portland this season, Carlin is hitting .328 (21-for-64) with three doubles, four home runs, 18 RBI, 12 runs scored and 17 walks. He has been behind the plate in 21 of those 22 contests, throwing out six of 14 would-be base stealers.

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