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Padres maneuvers in the dark
2006-08-26 16:20
by Bob Timmermann

The Padres sent Mike Thompson Ben Johnson back to Portland for what I believe is the sixth separate time. Thompson was sent down to make room for Russell Branyan.

Also Scott Williamson was put on the DL and Jon Adkins was called up from Portland. Adkins had been sent down last week so Tim Stauffer could make an emergency start in place of Chan Ho Park, who was later disabled so Thompson could be called back up after he had been sent down after he came up earlier to make an emergency start for Clay Hensley.

Meanwhile, Manny Alexander is in the majors with the Padres.

And the Padres could move into a tie for first tonight.

Here is the official sequence from's transactions.

8/1/06 Reinstated OF Ben Johnson from the 15-day disabled list and optioned OF Terrmel Sledge to Triple-A Portland; Released INF/OF Eric Young; Acquired nonroster LHP Matt Blank from the Marlins for nonroster RHP Jim Brower.

8/11/06 Reinstated RHP Chan Ho Park from the 15-day disabled list; Optioned RHP Mike Thompson to Triple-A Portland.

8/19/06 Recalled RHP Mike Thompson from Triple-A Portland and placed INF Khalil Greene on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 18

8/20/06 Purchased the contract of INF Manny Alexander and optioned RHP Mike Thompson to Triple-A Portland.

8/21/06 Recalled RHP Tim Stauffer from Triple-A Portland; optioned RHP Jon Adkins to Portland.

8/22/06 Placed RHP Chan Ho Park on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 21, with intestinal bleeding; recalled RHP Mike Thompson from Triple-A Portland.

8/23/06 Recalled RHP Brian Sweeney from Triple-A Portland and optioned RHP Tim Stauffer to Portland.

8/25/06 Acquired INF Russell Branyan from the Devil Rays in exchange for Minor League RHP Evan Meek and a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Today's transactions aren't on yet.

2006-08-26 16:26:10
1.   Eric Enders
So basically what you're saying is these aren't your padre's Padres.
2006-08-26 16:44:11
2.   Nagman
It now says Ben Johnson has been sent down. I think Thompson has to take Park's spot in the rotation.
2006-08-26 16:50:08
3.   Bob Timmermann
I changed it. It could have said Johnson all along. I think I just have Thompson's name etched in my brain.
2006-08-27 20:14:34
4.   grandcosmo
The Padres would have better luck bringing in Matty Alexander.

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