Jun 30, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Jesse Hahn (45) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Padres Call Up Hahn for Bullpen Help

For the fourth time this season, Jesse Hahn is being called up to the big leagues. The Padres announced on Saturday that the right-hander would be called up, presumably for the rest of the season. In a corresponding move, the Padres placed infielder Chris Nelson on paternity leave.

Hahn has been one of the few bright spots for the Padres in a season that’s been full of disappointments. The 25-year-old rookie has been very solid, going 7-3 with a 2.96 ERA in 12 starts. He will be predominantly used out of the bullpen for the rest of the season, as the team tries to limit his innings. Hahn is currently at 112 for the season with 70 coming in the majors.

The team had initially planned to shut him down with an innings limit of about 120 but have since reversed their position. This is likely due to the fact that team has sent him down to Double A San Antonio to get some work but be afforded more rest in the process. Hahn figures to be an integral part of the 2015 rotation, which should to be one of the best in the NL with All-Stars Ian Kennedy and Tyson Ross leading the charge.

As for the the Chris Nelson move, the Padres are left without a full complement of bench players. Corey Brock, the Padres correspondent for mlb.com has reported that the Padres will call up Cory Spangenberg.

Spangenberg is a top prospect within the organization, currently hitting .331 after 66 games in Double-A San Antonio. The move could be announced Sunday or the Padres could opt to wait till Monday when the rosters expand to 40 which eliminate the need to make a corresponding move.

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