Padres purchase contract of Hayhurst

San Diego, CA – The San Diego Padres today purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Dirk Hayhurst from Triple-A Portland and optioned infielder Brian Myrow to Triple-A Portland.

Dirk Hayhurst, 27, will make his Major League debut in a start against the Giants in San Francisco today. In 46 games (two starts) for Portland this season, he is 2-3 with two saves and a 3.75 ERA (35 ER/84.0 IP). Hayhurst has recorded 98 strikeouts compared to 28 walks while holding batters to a .259 average (84-for-324). He has not factored in the decision in his two starts, posting a 0.90 ERA (1 ER/10 IP), 14 strikeouts and two walks. In 44 relief outings, the right-hander is 2-3 with two saves and a 4.14 ERA (34 ER/74.0 IP). Over his last 13 appearances (one start), Hayhurst is 1-0 with one save and a 1.74 ERA (4 ER/20.2 IP).

Selected by the Padres in the eighth round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft out of Kent State University, Hayhurst is 32-33 with five saves and a 4.04 ERA (259 ER/576.2 IP), 528 strikeouts and 168 walks in 216 career minor league games (59 starts) over six seasons in the San Diego system.

Brian Myrow, 31, is 3-for-21 (.143) with a home run, three RBI and two walks in 21 games for the Padres since his July 8 recall. He appeared in two games at first base, including one start. In 87 games with Portland in 2008, he batted .324 (97-for-299) with 21 doubles, one triple, 10 homers, 53 RBI, 56 runs scored and 71 walks.

In 52 career Major League games with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2005) and Padres (2007-08), Myrow has a career average of .157 (8-for-51) with two doubles, one home run and four RBI.

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