ST. PETERSBURG -- Padres catcher Yorvit Torrealba dropped the appeal of his three-game suspension that stemmed from an incident on June 14 at PETCO Park when he was ejected from a game by home-plate umpire Larry Vanover.

Torrealba, who made contact with Vanover with the bill of his batting helmet, received a three-game suspension two days later. Torrealba, who said he had no intention of making any contact with Vanover, voiced his displeasure with umpiring in general.

"I understand they're going to miss calls ... they're human, like we are," Torrealba said at the time. "But when you ask [about the location of a pitch], they sometimes talk to you like you're a little kid. They are so defensive now. We've been having some really bad umpires and some really bad calls."

Torrealba initially indicated that he intended to appeal the suspension. But on Tuesday, Torrealba said he's ready to put the incident behind him.

"I said what I had to stay and I decided not to go on [with the appeal]," he said. "I know I didn't do anything wrong, but I'm definitely moving on. I needed to get that [criticism] of Vanover, umpires] off my chest."

Padres manager Bud Black said his club was in a better place to absorb the hit of losing Torrealba for three games because it was playing an American League team this week (Tampa Bay), even if using a designated hitter shortened San Diego's bench.

"With the AL games, there's less moves. Even with a three-man bench, we can work our way through a game," Black said. "It was more the style of the game and what we can get away with."

The Padres recalled catcher Dusty Ryan from Triple-A Portland to back Nick Hundley on Monday and sent infielder Lance Zawadzki to Portland.

Ryan was hitting .129 with four home runs and 11 RBIs with Portland. Torrealba, who is traveling with the team, will be reinstated in time for Friday's game against the Marlins.

Salazar in the lineup at designated hitter

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Padres were afforded the luxury of adding an extra hitter to their lineup Tuesday when they played the first of three Interleague games against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

Oscar Salazar, who is hitting .227 this season, with one home run and 10 RBIs, got the nod as the designated hitter. He hit eighth in the lineup on Tuesday.

"I think it's a good matchup for Oscar," said Padres manager Bud Black, who didn't go into specifics of why Salazar got the start because they involved tactical and strategical measures.

Black did say there was a chance the Padres could use other players in that role during games on Wednesday and Thursday.

"It's possible," Black said.

Veteran Matt Stairs, who is having multiple issues with his right knee and is currently on the 15-day disabled list, would have been the logical candidate to start as the DH in the series -- especially with the Rays going with three right-handed pitchers.

But Black said late this past week that Stairs wasn't to the point where he could be activated yet.

Padres sign contracts with eight Draft picks

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Padres announced on Tuesday that they've signed eight picks from the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, including their fifth-round pick.

Outfielder Rico Noel, from Coastal Carolina University, has signed and reported to short-season Eugene of the Northwest League.

The Padres also signed their 11th-round Draft pick, infielder Brian Guinn of the University of California.

The team has now signed six of its top 12 Draft picks. San Diego's first-round pick, pitcher Karsten Whitson, has yet to sign.