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Padres Designate Kip Wells For Assignment

June 26, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Kip Wells (60) pitches in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE
June 26, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Kip Wells (60) pitches in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

The San Diego Padres have designated right-handed pitcher Kip Wells for assignment, as reported by Bill Center of The San Diego Union-Tribune. The move opens up a roster spot for right-handed reliever Cory Burns, who will be called up from Class Triple-A Tucson to take Wells' spot on the roster.

San Diego will now have a ten-day window to find a taker for the 35-year-old Wells, release him or see if he would consent to a minor league assignment. In 37 1/3 innings of work (7 starts), Wells posted a 4.58 ERA and walked (20) more batters than he struck out (19).

On the other hand, Burns has been dominant in the minor leagues this year. The 24-year-old has posted a 2.63 ERA across 65 complete innings of work, complimented with a 10.7 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9.