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July 27, 2007

Former Indiana State pitcher Joe Thatcher gets ultimate call

Fishing trip takes back seat when Padres summon

TERRE HAUTE — After Joe Thatcher’s Nashville Triple-A team played an early-afternoon game Wednesday, the former Indiana State pitcher planned to enjoy a fishing trip with a few of his baseball teammates in the evening.

Those plans changed, but not because he didn’t want to go fishing.

Thatcher took a call at his apartment from Nashville manager Frank Kremblas, who informed him that he and two other minor-league pitchers in the Milwaukee Brewers’ organization had been traded to the San Diego Padres for major-league pitcher Scott Linebrink, a right-handed reliever.

A few minutes later, Thatcher received another call — this time from San Diego general manager Kevin Towers — to welcome him as the newest member of the major-league Padres.

Thatcher, a left-handed reliever, then made flight arrangements to arrive in Houston on Thursday to join the Padres for the start of their four-game series with the Astros.

So much for fishing.

“It’s unbelievable,” Thatcher told the Tribune-Star over the phone while packing his belongings late Wednesday night.

“It wasn’t expected at all.”

From the Padres’ perspective, Towers seemed more than pleased with the exchange of pitchers.

“We think that this is a great deal,” he told the Padres’ official Web site. “I’m sure fans are going to say, ‘How is it a great deal?’ since none of these guys have big-league time. It was a deal that was by far the best deal. This was one that collectively we looked at and said, ‘We can’t pass it up.’ ”

Towers thinks Thatcher, who pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout in a 7-1 loss to the Astros on Thursday night, can be part of the Padres’ late-inning bullpen mix, along with Cla Meredith.

“We think Thatcher can give us some quality innings late in a ballgame,” Towers said.

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