Tim Stauffer Activated, Sean Gallagher DFA'd

In a move that was hardly surprising, the Padres activated reliever Tim Stauffer off the 15-day DL yesterday and designated reliever Sean Gallagher for assignment.

The Padres dragged Stauffer’s rehab from an appendectomy out for a full month, likely trying to figure out who to get rid of when he had to return, but ultimately, Gallagher’s poor performance stuck out like a sore thumb in the excellent Padres bullpen.

Still, it hurts to give up a 24-year-old with as much potential as the stocky Gallagher and possibly get nothing in return. I’d be very surprised if a team (say, bullpen-starved Arizona) didn’t claim Gallagher and see what he could do. Hopefully, enough teams will jockey to get him that the Padres will be able to trade him and get a semi-decent prospect in return.

Stauffer, 28, worked as a starter in Triple-A Portland on his rehab assignment, with mixed results. He threw 17 2/3 innings of 4.58 ERA ball, with just an 8/7 K/BB. He didn’t allow any homers, however.

He had a 19/4 K/BB in 23 1/3 innings for the Padres before hitting the DL, posting a sparkling 0.39 ERA.

Gallagher was hampered by an injury earlier in the year and struggled with his command in 2010, walking 19 in 23 1/3 innings of his own. He did strike out 21, but allowed five homers and posted a 5.40 ERA and ghastly 6.85 FIP.

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  • Larry Faria

    You know what? I think the Padres chose the July trade rumor period to try to sneak Gallagher past waivers so they can put him in Portland. He rehabbed his knee most of last year and pitched 40 innings total on a rehab and in the bullpen. He’s a starter who needs innings to work his game back into shape, and triple A is the only place he’ll get it.

    Whoever takes a chance on him won’t get much – they have to keep him on the 25 man roster. Even teams with bad bullpens would be taking a chance putting him in the bullpen, so only a team that’s really bad could put him in the rotation and close their eyes for about 10 starts. I’m not sure even the Pirates or Orioles would do that.

    • http://bleacherreport.com/users/10925-nathaniel-stoltz Nathaniel Stoltz

      Well, I’d imagine SOMEONE on MLB staffs is assigned to look through who’s DFA’d and such, so it would be really shocking if nobody noticed at all. Arizona’s bullpen is so historically bad, for example, that they’re on the lookout for anyone who could help.

      Beyond that, you’re right. I view Gallagher as a starter long-term, and he really needs consistent time on the mound rather than long rehab stints and assorted MLB garbage time. All he gave in that role was the occasional flash of promise and a whole lot of rust.

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