The Padres bought a bit of an insurance policy for their pitching staff on Wednesday, claiming left-hander Bobby LaFromboise off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.
He was optioned to the team’s Triple-A team in El Paso, but could see the big leagues if a staff that has already lost Josh Johnson to injury has any more players go down.
Padres manager Bud Black spoke highly of the 27-year-old, who had a 4.50 and a save in six appearances with Seattle last season.
“We’ve seen him just a little bit, but he adds to our pitching depth,” Black said. “He comes highly recommended by a number of our scouts who have seen him.”
Black even pronounced the pitcher’s name correctly – La-Fram-Boy – or at least came close.
LaFromboise is a California native, growing up in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey.
To make room on the roster, the team moved right-hander Joe Wieland from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.
Black gave another injury tidbit before Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He said outfielder Cameron Maybin, who has been out with an arm injury, will begin hitting in a simulated game in Arizona this weekend.