Padres announce roster moves

San Diego, CA – The San Diego Padres today announced that catcher Josh Bard and left-handed pitcher Shawn Estes have elected free agency after clearing outright waivers. Additionally, right-handed pitcher Dirk Hayhurst has been claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays and catcher Luke Carlin and infielder Sean Kazmar have been outrighted to Triple-A Portland.

Josh Bard played in 57 games for the Padres in 2008, missing 67 games while on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle (May 22-July 24) and strained right tricep (August 7-August 22). The 30-year-old catcher hit .202 (36-for-178) with nine doubles, one home run, 16 RBI and 11 runs scored. He appeared in 268 games over parts of three years with the Padres (2006-08). In 431 career Major League games over parts of seven seasons with the Cleveland Indians (2002-05), Boston Red Sox (2006) and Padres, Bard has hit .265 (348-for-1,311) with 80 doubles, three triples, 28 home runs, 168 RBI and 128 runs scored.

Shawn Estes, 35, began the season at Triple-A Portland before having his contract purchased by the Padres on May 8. He made nine appearances (eight starts) for San Diego, going 2-3 with a 4.74 ERA (23 ER/43.2 IP). Estes missed 80 games after being placed on the disabled list May 31 (retro to May 29) with a fractured left thumb. Over parts of 13 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, 2008), the left-hander is 101-93 with a 4.71 ERA (879 ER/1678.1 IP) and 1,210 strikeouts.

Dirk Hayhurst, 27, made his Major League debut with the Padres on August 23. The right-hander appeared in 10 games (three starts) for San Diego, going 0-2 with a 9.72 ERA (18 ER/16.2 IP). Hayhurst was 2-3 with two saves and a 3.75 ERA (35 ER/84.0 IP) in 46 games (two starts) for Triple-A Portland in 2008. Originally selected by the Padres in the eighth round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, he is 32-33 with a 4.04 ERA (259 ER/576.2 IP) in 216 games (59 starts) over parts of six minor league seasons.

Luke Carlin, 27, had three stints with the Padres this season, making his Major League debut on May 10. In 36 games with San Diego, he went 14-for-94 (.149) with three doubles, one triple, one home run, six RBI and 12 runs scored. In 31 games with Portland this season, he hit .261 (23-for-88) with three doubles, four home runs, 19 RBI and 12 runs scored. Carlin posted a .396 on-base percentage with the Beavers while slugging .432. Over parts of seven minor league seasons in the Tigers (2002) and Padres organizations (2003-08), Carlin has hit .242 (333-for-1,373) with 70 doubles, nine triples, 11 home runs, 135 RBI and 159 runs scored in 446 games.

Sean Kazmar, 24, made his Major League debut with the Padres on August 13. In 19 games with San Diego, he went 8-for-39 (.205) with one double, two RBI and two runs scored. He hit .264 (101-for-382) with 21 doubles, three triples, three home runs, 39 RBI, 53 runs scored, 38 walks and seven stolen bases in 111 games at Double-A San Antonio this season. Originally selected by the Padres in the fifth round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of the Community College of Southern Nevada, Kazmar has batted .254 (548-for-2158) with 112 doubles, 13 triples, 41 home runs, 245 RBI, 277 runs scored and 40 stolen bases in 564 career minor league games.

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