The first half of May has been an active month on the Padres' transaction front. While all of the moves could be considered "minor", they all have fringe impacts on the organization. Here's a rundown to keep you up to date.
Lefty reliever Michael Kirkman was DFA'd on May 2nd and claimed by the Brewers on the 5th. He made one appearance for the Padres after Andrew Cashner stumbled out of the gate, giving up four runs in 1.1 inning pitched to compliment the six that Cashner gave up to the Giants. Maybe he'll be in one of Joe Lanek's columns about single-game Padres some day.
Righty reliever Cory Mazzoni was released by the Padres on May 3rd, only to be re-signed by the team today to a minor league contract. This clears a spot on the 40-man roster while he recovers from shoulder surgery.
LHP Keith Hessler was claimed off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 10th and added to the active roster before yesterday's doubleheader against the Cubs. MLB roster rules allow teams to add a 26th man for a doubleheader, so to get back to the 25-man limit, Hessler was optioned to El Paso earlier today.
Finally, catcher Hector Sanchez was claimed off waivers from the Chicago White Sox yesterday. Early speculation swirled around this move because Sanchez was the longtime personal catcher for Tim Lincecum, but today Ken Rosenthal reported that the Padres are not interested in Lincecum at this time. Since Sanchez is out of minor league options, the Padres appear to have three catchers on the active roster. A corresponding roster move is likely coming soon, be it a trade, DL assingment, or DFA. Stay tuned.