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Brett Wallace Joins The Padres While Cory Mazzoni Heads Back To El Paso

Padres call up infielder Brett Wallace and send down struggling reliever Cory Mazzoni

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The moves include calling up Brett Wallace from El Paso, sending Cory Mazzoni back to El Paso, and designating Eury De La Rosa for assignment. These roster moves will look to add some offense and send down the reliever who is experiencing some struggles while with the club.

Wallace was last in the majors with the Houston Astros in 2013 before spending 2014 in the minors on the Triple-A squads for the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays. He joined the Padres in December 2014 on a minor league deal and has been performing well at the plate and on the field at third base. While with the Astros, he spent the bulk of his time as a first baseman and has played first and third base throughout his time in the minors.

Going into today, Wallace was batting .305 with the Chihuahuas while hitting 8 home runs and driving in 37 runs. Having Wallace with the team will give the Padres a player who can play either 1B or 3B and give some rest to Yonder Alonso or Will Middlebrooks. But with his arrival brings about a departure.

For the third time this year, Cory Mazzoni is being sent back down to the minors after another tough stint with the team. In his 8 and 2/3 innings overall this year with the Padres, Mazzoni holds a 20.77 ERA having given up 23 hits and 20 earned runs. In the series with Oakland, he allowed 12 hits and 12 earned runs while only recording 5 outs. Since his arrival to the organization, Mazzoni has struggled to keep runners off the bases while with the Padres. In El Paso this year, he has been having the best season of his minor league career, which may explain why he gets called up so often, but that success is not translating over to the big leagues.

The final transaction involves designating Eury De La Rosa for assignment. De La Rosa was picked up off waivers by the Padres from Los Angeles last month.  He spent 2013 and 2014 in the majors with the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2015, he also spent time in the Oakland Athletics organization before joining Los Angeles'. He currently sports a 5.00 ERA in 9 innings pitched for the Chihuahuas.