Ready, 5-feet 11-inches, 180 pounds, was hitting .190 with four RBIs and one home run in 23 games for the Brewers. He is expected to join the Padres in time for today's game against the Dodgers.
Ready divided the 1985 season between Vancouver in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League and Milwaukee. He hit .326 at Vancouver with four home runs and 29 RBIs in 52 games. He hit .265 in 48 games with the Brewers last season. He had one home run and 21 RBIs.
"Randy's a good right-handed hitter off the bench or can play several positions," said Jack McKeon, the Padres' director of baseball operations.
Ready has averaged .341 in all or parts of six minor league seasons, including a league-leading .375 at El Paso in the Texas League in 1982.