Yesterday, the Padres optioned LHP Jason Lane to Triple-A El Paso. Earlier in the season Lane completed the transition from World Series starting outfielder to Major League pitcher when we pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless relief against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Lane officially became a starting pitcher on July 28 when he made his first career start against the Atlanta Braves pitching 6 innings allowing 1 run on 6 hits while striking out 2. Lane will return to El Paso where we will continue to work towards becoming a full-time starting Major League pitcher.
Lane originally made his major league debut in 2002 for the Houston Astros where we played the bulk of his career. Lane best year as a position player was in 2005 when we hit 26 home runs and started for the Astros in the World Series. Lane will also be found in the history books as the last player to hit a homerun at Busch Memorial Stadium in October 2005.
Lane has reinvented himself as a serviceable starting pitcher. My hat goes off to a guy who worked his way through the minors TWICE to reach the Major Leagues and successfully achieve his goal. Congrats Jason Lane, hopefully we will see you pitching for the Padres again soon.
Keep the Faith.