06/28/12 9:00 PM ET
Wells to start Sunday
By Clark Goble / MLB.com
Brach sent down to make room for Cashner
HOUSTON -- To clear space on the 25-man roster for Andrew Cashner, Thursday's starter, the Padres optioned right-hander Brad Brach to Triple-A Tucson.Brach, 26, made 27 relief appearances for the Padres, going 0-1 with a 4.23 ERA in 27 2/3 innings. He last threw on Monday, pitching two scoreless innings in an 8-7 victory against the Astros. "Like I told Brad last night, it's a process of becoming a Major League player," manager Bud Black said. "Just because you come up, that doesn't mean you're going to stay and settle into a 10-year career. There's learning points along the way." The Padres' bullpen has been in a state of flux in recent days. On Wednesday, the team sent reliever Brad Boxberger down to Triple-A Tucson and recalled right-hander Nick Vincent. "Brad will be back, just like a number of our relievers who have been sent out," Black said. "You'll see these names again in the Major Leagues."
Wednesday's game, which lasted 1 hour and 58 minutes, was the Padres' fastest game since a 1:58 game on July 1, 2008 at Colorado, according to ELIAS. Aaron Cook tossed a shutout in the Rockies' 4-0 victory. The Padres' bullpen has a 0.53 ERA in 17 innings in the last six games. Daniel Robertson, an outfielder at Triple-A Tucson, was named to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League All-Star team, which will play the International League All Stars on July 11 in Buffalo, N.Y.. Robertson, out of Oregon State, entered Thursday's game batting .328/.397/.419. The Padres will not play in Minute Maid Park again this season. With the Astros moving to the American League West in 2013, the Padres will only come to Houston for Interleague or postseason play after this season. "I've grown to like this city," manager Bud Black said. "I like this ballpark, so I'm going to miss it in that regard. I like this city. It's Texas. Everything you think about Texas, you put Houston right there with all those definitions."
Clark Goble is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.