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San Diego, CA- The San Diego Padres needing an extra arm in the bullpen, have called up RHP reliever Hector Ambriz from Triple-A El Paso. In correspondence the Padres have optioned infielder Jace Peterson to Triple-A El Paso.
Ambriz has spent the past three seasons in the Major Leagues. Ambriz signed a minor-league contract with the Padres this past off-season. Ambriz made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians in 2010. Ambriz pitched for the Cleveland Indians in 2011 and the Houston Astros last season.
Ambriz has been excellent to begin the season for the Chihuahuas with a 1.62 ERA in 16.2 innings pitched. Ambriz throws a low 90′s fastball with a solid slider.
Peterson, made his debut two weeks ago after being called up from Double-A San Antonio to fill in for the injured Chase Headley. Peterson was solid in his first appearance in the big leagues. Peterson continued to impress the Padres as he did in spring training, showing them his above average defense, his ability to hit for average at the plate and his excellent speed with a few stolen bases. Even his demeanor on the field was impressive. His performance with the Padres, lead to them instead of sending back to Double-A San Antonio to promoting his to Triple-A El Paso. Should there be an injury to the Padres infield again, you can expect to see Peterson back with the Padres as the first call-up.
The Padres are expected to make more roster moves this weekend as Chase Headley and Carlos Quentin, who are currently rehabbing with the Single-A Lake Elsinore Storm are expected to return to the team this weekend.