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Kip Wells gets called up by the Padres

Jun 25, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

Kip Wells

I’m not gonna say I haven’t been on top of Kip Wells’ 2012 season, but I didn’t even realize that he had caught on with the Padres following a glorious ten-day stretch with the White Sox back in April.

Wells has been at Tucson since May and has pitched in seven games. He has an ERA of nearly 5 in that time and has walked 20 guys while striking out only 16 in 38 innings. So naturally the Padres have called him up for a spot start against the Astros tomorrow.

Wells hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2009.  His last action was for the independent Long Island Ducks in 2010, where he started five games and had a WHIP of 1.519. If he loses to the Astros tomorrow it will make for an even 100 losses on his career. So he’s got that going for him. Which is nice.

  1. redguy12588 - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Did you know that it’s impossible for Pirates fans to call him by any other name than, “Kip Fucking Wells”

    • 78mu - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      So do fans in St Louis, Denver, Kansas City, Washington and Cincy.

      Other fans cheer when they see him take the mound.

  2. toegoat - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    That’s hilarious, but sooooo true Lmao

  3. gloccamorra - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Well, the Padres have lost three of their original starters, plus three replacements, plus one swingman who went on the DL before he could fill in, plus three of the four “most-ready” prospects in the minors have been/still are on the minor league DL since the season began – the fourth is one of the 3 replacements on the DL. So now we see what true desperation is like.

    OTOH, the Padres have tried veterans Jeff Suppan, Eric Stults and Jason
    Marquis, and the last two have worked out (though Stults is on the DL), so they’re 2 out of 3 so far in the washed-up veteran sweepstakes. Wells might get only one start, since Andrew Cashner has been converted back to starter and is ready to be called up. Wells’ start against the powerful Astros will be interesting, since he won’t have Petco helping him out.

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Here’s to hoping he pitches a perfect game.

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