SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres today announced they have selected right-handed pitcher Casey Kelly from Double-A San Antonio, optioned right-handed pitcher Brad Boxberger to Triple-A Tucson and transferred catcher Nick Hundley to the 60-day disabled list. In addition, the club has reinstated right-handed pitcher Dale Thayer from the paternity list and optioned left-handed pitcher Josh Spence to Triple-A Tucson. Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes made the announcements.
Kelly, 22, is schedule to make his Major League debut tonight, starting against the Braves. In eight minor league starts between Rookie-level Peoria, Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson this year, he has gone 0-2 with a 3.35 ERA (14 ER/37.2 IP), striking out 39 while allowing just three walks. In 73 career minor league starts between the Boston Red Sox (2009-10) and Padres organizations (2011-12), Kelly is 21-18 with a 3.77 ERA (155 ER/370.0 IP), 299 strikeouts and 100 walks.
Boxberger, 24, has made 13 relief appearances over three stints with the Padres this year, posting a 3.52 ERA (6 ER/15.1 IP) with 20 strikeouts against 13 walks. Over 34 relief appearances for Tucson this season, he has gone 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA (13 ER/38.2 IP) and 55 strikeouts against 19 walks.
Thayer, 31, returns after the birth of he and his wife Lisa’s third child. In a career-high 45 relief appearances for the Padres this season, the right-hander is 2-2 with seven saves, a 3.89 ERA (19 ER/44.0 IP), a .259 (43-for-166) opponents batting average and 34 strikeouts against just nine walks. Thayer was signed as a minor league free agent in December this past offseason and was selected from Triple-A Tucson on April 26 earlier this season.
Spence, 24, is did not appear in a game while making his second stint with the Padres this season. The southpaw was also recalled from Triple-A Tucson on April 8 and optioned back to Tucson on May 13 earlier this season. In 11 games for San Diego this year, he is 0-1 with a 4.35 ERA (5 ER/10.1 IP) and 10 strikeouts against five walks. In 29 games (two starts) for Tucson this season he is 3-2 with a 5.17 ERA (22 ER/38.1 IP), including 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA (8 ER/20.0 IP) over his last 12 games (two starts).