Pads Continue Roster Changes With Jeff Fulchino Waiver Pickup

Baseball 02 Sep 2011

The Padres are continuing to change the look of their roster, and depth of their organization with the addition yesterday of right handed reliever Jeff Fulchino, claimed off the waiver wire from the Houston Astros.

Fulchino, 31, is 1-4 with a 5.18 ERA (19 ER/33.0 IP) and 31 strikeouts against 18 walks in 36 relief appearances for Houston this season.  Over parts of five Major League seasons with Florida (2006), Kansas City (2008) and Houston (2009-11), Fulchino is 9-10 with a 4.47 ERA (93 ER/176.2 IP), 76 walks and 160 strikeouts in 160 Major League games out of the bullpen.  The Hollis, N.H., native, who attended the University of Connecticut, has made 17 relief appearances at Triple-A Oklahoma City this year, posting a 1-0 record with three saves, an 0.56 ERA (1 ER/16.0 IP), three walks and 15 strikeouts.

Fulchino will be with the team today in their return home from the road trip.  To make room for him the Padres the Pads designated Pat Neshek for assignment.

Jed Hoyer and his staff are staying busy and alert as teams make moves all the way down the stretch.  Hopefully some of these claims and acquisitions will add depth to the organization going into next season.

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