Padres call up Stansberry, designate Silva
Infielder joins club as bat off bench; starter loses roster spot
PHOENIX -- Walter Silva has pitched his final game for the Padres, as the club designated the right-hander for assignment Tuesday to make room for infielder Craig Stansberry on the 25-man roster.The end came for Silva during Monday night's 6-5 loss to the D-backs at Chase Field, when manager Bud Black went out to get him with the bases loaded, no runs in and one out in the bottom of the fourth. The hook was one of the most emphatic moves made by the manager, as Black signaled for newcomer Mike Eckstrom when he stepped out of the Padres' dugout and infielders had congregated on the mound to try and settle Silva down. Eckstrom, who had just been recalled Monday from Triple-A Portland, quickly got the next two outs to avoid any damage. "It was a collective decision among the staff and Kevin [Towers, the Padres' general manager]," Black said prior to Tuesday night's rematch between the two teams. "We had to make a move to get Stansberry on the roster, and it was just one of those baseball decisions. Walter's performance made him the obvious guy to make this move with." Silva, a native of Mazatlan, Mexico, and a product of the Mexican Leagues, started six games for the Padres, lost both of his decisions and posted an 8.76 ERA. At the time he was taken out of the game Monday night, he had pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowed three runs on seven hits -- including a long third-inning, two-run homer to Justin Upton -- walked one and whiffed one. At Portland, Stansberry was hitting .283 with 13 doubles, one triple, three homers, 24 RBIs, 27 walks and 23 runs scored in 68 games. He has played second base, shortstop and third base for the Beavers this season, and he will come off the bench for the Padres as long as veteran second baseman David Eckstein remains on the 15-day disabled list. Eckstein strained his right hamstring late in Sunday's extra-inning loss to the Dodgers at PETCO Park and was placed on the DL Monday. The Padres are now back to carrying 13 pitchers and 12 position players. "Stansberry will be part of our bench and will likely be a pinch-hitter," Black said about the infielder, who is making his third tour with the Padres -- the first two coming during the 2007 and '08 seasons. "He's been swinging the bat well in Portland and has really come on during the last month or so. He also has some defensive versatility. He's played everywhere."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.