Werner excited for first big league action

Werner excited for first big league action

Werner excited for first big league action
SAN DIEGO -- The plan was for Padres manager Bud Black to announce after Tuesday's game that rookie Andrew Werner would be added to the roster to make his Major League debut pitching against the Pirates the following day.

The announcement came sooner, though.

"I was going to announce it after the game until I saw his jersey hanging in his locker," Black said before Tuesday's game against the Pirates.

Werner arrived from Triple-A Tucson in time for the Padres' pregame workout at Petco Park. He will become the 14th starting pitcher used by the team this season when he starts Wednesday's series finale against the Pirates.

"I was pretty surprised. I had been throwing the ball decently, but my last start was probably my worst one of the year," Werner said. "I didn't think there was any shot. I'm just really excited to be here."

Werner will be added to the 40-man roster and 25-man active roster on Wednesday. The team will announce a corresponding roster move at that time.

Werner, a 25-year-old left-hander, was 1-2 with a 5.79 ERA in four starts with Tucson. He started the season with Double-A San Antonio, going 4-8 with a 3.23 ERA in 18 starts.

Black said Werner has "a solid fastball in the high 80s, a good changeup. He's a strike thrower and he attacks and doesn't back down."

Wednesday's outing will be the first Black and pitching coach Darren Balsley have seen of Werner, as he spent all of Spring Training in Minor League camp. Werner signed with the Padres as a non-drafted free agent on Nov. 19, 2010.

Werner is replacing Ross Ohlendorf in the starting rotation. Ohlendorf was optioned to Tucson on Saturday.