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05/31/2006 2:57 PM ET
Padres purchase pitcher Brian Sikorski; designate Jim Brower for assignment
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SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres today purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Brian Sikorski from Triple-A Portland and designated right-handed pitcher Jim Brower for assignment. Executive Vice President/General Manager Kevin Towers made the announcement.

Sikorski, 31, appeared in 22 games for the Beavers this season, going 2-3 with a 3.14 ERA (10 ER/28.2 IP) and a team-leading seven saves (also Jon Adkins). Sikorski, who recorded 44 strikeouts in his 28.2 innings of work with Portland, signed with the Padres as a free agent December 22, 2005 after spending his last five seasons in Japan (2001-05), going 21-20 with a 3.51 ERA (151 ER/386.2 IP).

Originally selected by Houston in the fourth round of the 1995 First-Year Player Draft, Sikorski has a career 1-3 record with a 5.73 ERA (24 ER/37.2 IP) in part of one Major League season with Texas (2000). Over seven minor league seasons, Sikorski is 62-55 with a 4.03 ERA (430 ER/961.0 IP) and 791 strikeouts.

Brower, 33, has made six relief appearances for the Padres this season, going 0-0 with a 9.39 ERA (8 ER/7.2 IP). He was signed to a minor league contract by the club on May 11 and had his contract purchased on May 13. Brower opened the 2006 season with Baltimore where he went 0-1 with a 13.86 ERA (19 ER/12.1 IP) in 12 games. The Orioles designated the right-hander for assignment on May 3.

Over parts of eight Major League seasons with the Cleveland Indians (1999-2000), Cincinnati Reds (2001-02), Montreal Expos (2002), San Francisco Giants (2003-05), Atlanta Braves (2005), Orioles (2006) and Padres (2006), Brower has a career record of 33-32 with five saves and a 4.62 ERA (293 ER/570.2 IP) in 351 games (28 starts).

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