PADRES UPDATE : NOTEBOOK / SCOTT MILLER : Padres Call Up Scott From Stars, Place Pat Clements on Waivers


Desperately attempting to find some success in their bullpen, the Padres recalled Tim Scott from triple-A Las Vegas late Saturday and informed Pat Clements on Sunday morning that they were placing him on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

Scott, a right-hander, was 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA and 15 saves for Las Vegas.

Clements, a left-hander, was 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA for the Padres.

If Clements is not claimed by another major league team by 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, he becomes a free agent. At that point, the Padres can sign him to a triple-A contract but could not recall him for 30 days.

Scott was with the Padres from May 6 through June 2, compiling a 1-0 record and 7.36 ERA in seven games. He was the losing pitcher in Sunday’s 4-3, 10-inning Padre loss to Montreal.


“I don’t know if I’m trying to give (major league hitters) too much credit or what,” Scott said. “From now on, I’m going to go right after them and see what they can do.”

The Padre injury update:

Tony Gwynn (lower back strain) took batting practice before Sunday’s game. Padre trainer Bob Day said Gwynn should be back “within the next couple of days.”

Outfielder Darrin Jackson had a sore shoulder after banging into the fence Saturday night. Day said Jackson’s status is day-to-day.

Outfielder Kevin Ward, who suffered back spasms Saturday night, was stiff but available to pinch-hit Sunday.

Pitcher Dave Eiland, who sprained an ankle Saturday, should be able to make his next scheduled start, according to Day.

And finally, third baseman Gary Sheffield sprained his left middle finger Sunday.

“The way I feel right now, I’m going to miss (Monday’s) game,” Sheffield said.

When Fred McGriff hit a home run Sunday, it was the fourth game in a row in which he hit a homer. It was the first time in his career that happened. . . . The Detroit Tigers have signed outfielder Gary Pettis, whom the Padres released last month, to a triple-A contract with the Toledo Mud Hens. . . . Official scorer Phil Collier changed Marquis Grissom’s eighth-inning single on Saturday night to an error on Padre shortstop Tony Fernandez.