Padres Claim Jeff Fulchino From Astros

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Jeff Fulchino #47 of the Houston Astros celebrates the win with the catcher J.R. Towles #46 against the New York Yankees at Citi Field on April 19, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The Padres announced that they've claimed relief pitcher Jeff Fulchino off waivers from the Astros today. In order to free up a roster spot for the move, San Diego has also designated reliever Pat Neshek for assignment.

Fulchino, 31, has split this season between Houston and Triple-A Round Rock, although he's gotten very different results at the two levels. In 33 innings with the Astros, Fulchino posted a 5.18 ERA with equally underwhelming peripherals, including a near-5 BB/9. But in Triple-A, he's thrived, posting a 0.56 ERA over 14 innings with dominant peripherals.

It's hard to say whether Fulchino will be capable of capturing his Triple-A magic in San Diego, but that's pretty much the ideal place for any pitcher to try.

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