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Padres designate pitchers Blaine Boyer and Billy Buckner for assignment

May 25, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

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Per the Padres official Twitter, the team has recalled IF/OF Tommy Medica from Triple-A El Paso and designated pitchers Blaine Boyer and Billy Buckner for assignment. The Padres recently acquired lefty reliever Troy Patton from the Orioles in the Nick Hundley trade, so they needed to clear up a roster spot.

Medica, 26, posted a .734 OPS in 101 plate appearances in the minors. He has already spent some time with the Padres at the big league level, slashing .161/.212/.290 in 33 plate appearances.

Boyer, 32, tossed a pair of scoreless innings in the majors while compiling a 3.32 ERA with a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings with El Paso.

Buckner, 30, allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings in Saturday’s spot start against the Cubs and posted a 2.89 ERA in five starts spanning 28 innings with El Paso.

Boyer and Buckner can each become free agents if they pass through waivers.

  1. tfbuckfutter - May 25, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Billy Buckner missed the bus to the minors.

    It went right through his legs.

    Hahahaha. Get it? It’s very clever.

    • mazblast - May 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      Uh, no. We’ve heard that one ever since he was drafted.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 26, 2014 at 1:12 AM

        Really?

        That exact joke? Ever since he was drafter?

        I find that hard to believe.

  2. sensiblevoice - May 26, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    Blaine Boyer and Billy Buckner should meet up with Bill Belichek and Bradley Beal.

    • gloccamorra - May 26, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      Then there would be a swarm of B’s.

  3. gloccamorra - May 26, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    I guess they won’t need a fifth starter until one of their two starters on the disabled list comes back. They’ve already moved their swing man to the rotation.

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