Padres Designate Spence, Tekotte For Assignment


The Padres made several roster moves today, designated LHP Josh Spence and OF Blake Tekotte for assignment. The moves allow the Padres to reinstate LHP Cory Luebke, RHP Joe Wieland, INF/OF James Darnell, OF Kyle Blanks and C Nick Hundley from the 60-day DL.

Spence, 24, spent most of the year at AAA for the Padres, going 4-2, with a 4.20 ERA. He had a 4.35 ERA in 11 games for the big-league Padres this season. Spence had a nice rookie campaign in 2011, when he posted a 2.73 ERA in 40 appearances. I would be surprised if Spence cleared waivers.

May 4, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Josh Spence (44) throws against the Miami Marlins at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Tekotte, 25, spent most of the year at AAA, and struggled. He posted a triple-slash line of .243/.284/.402, with 9 HR’s. Tekotte is a career .163 in 49 at-bats for the Padres. He showed promise with a solid year in AA in 2011.

With the moves the Padres now have a full 40-man roster. The Padres will have some interesting decisions to make in the coming weeks.