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Anderson, Kelly Fail to Make Padres

March 27, 2003

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) _ Outfielders Brady Anderson and Roberto Kelly failed to make the San Diego Padres as non-roster invitees.

Kelly, 38, asked for and was granted his release as the Padres broke camp on Thursday. Anderson, 39, accepted assignment to Triple-A Portland.

The Padres chose to carry only five outfielders, including Shane Victorino, who must remain on the big-league roster all season or be offered back to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

``I understand the situation,″ Anderson said.

Anderson is attempting to revive his career after batting .163 for Cleveland last season and getting released in May. He did not seek another job after his release because he sustained an Achilles’ injury while working out on his own.

But he said he felt good this spring, despite a .196 batting average, and wants to continue to play.

``I feel great,″ he said. ``I felt comfortable enough at the plate. I’m running and throwing well.″

The Padres loaded up veteran non-roster invitees like Kelly, Anderson and pitcher Charles Nagy. But infielder Keith Lockhart was the only one to stick. The Padres will give him a major league contract before the season starts.

The only undecided roster spot is the backup catcher, where Wiki Gonzalez and Michael Rivera are the options behind starter Gary Bennett. It could go to Rivera by default since Gonzalez has missed several days with back problems that manager Bruce Bochy said could require a trip to the disabled list.

Bochy selected right-handed rookie Clay Condrey to be the No. 5 starter, relegating rookie left-hander Mike Bynum to the bullpen.

Coming into camp, it appeared the final starting spot would go to either Francisco Cordova or Kevin Jarvis. But Cordova posted an 11.66 ERA and was released, and Jarvis did not recover from last season’s elbow surgery and was placed on the disabled list.

Condrey, 26, was 1-2 with a 1.69 ERA in nine games, including three starts, last season. He went 10-4 with a 3.50 ERA in 25 games at Portland to earn the promotion.

``We hope Clay makes 30, 35 starts for us this year,″ Bochy said. ``He’s got four pitches, he’s got command and he competes very well.″

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