DENVER, CO - JUNE 29: Relief pitcher Alex Hinshaw #41 of the San Diego Padres delivers to home plate during the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 29, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Padres 10-2. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
The San Diego Padres have designated left-handed pitcher Alex Hinshaw for assignment, the team announced in a press release. The move was made in order to clear a roster spot for the call up of left-handed handed pitcher Tom Layne from Class Double-A San Antonio.
The transaction starts a 10 day clock for the Padres to trade, release or outright Hinshaw to the minor leagues. The 29-year-old Hinshaw pitched quite a bit this year for the Padres and for the first time since 2009.
The 6-foot-2 southpaw posted a 4.50 ERA across 28 complete innings of work, with a fantastic 11.6 K/9 but not-so-fantastic 6.4 BB/9.The Californian native did well against left-handed batters, but struggled against right-handed batters.
The other player involved in the transaction, Tom Layne, will be replacing Hinsahw on the Padres 25-man roster. He will be looking to make his big league debut after spending his entire career thus far in the minor leagues. Quite a feat for Layne, a 6-foot-3 southpaw drafted in the 26th round.