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.