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Padres Activate Loretta, Nevin

July 19, 2005

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Padres second baseman Mark Loretta and first baseman Phil Nevin were activated from the disabled list on Monday, bringing the NL West leaders closer to full strength.

Loretta, who had been on the 60-day DL, and Nevin are expected to be in the starting lineup when the Padres open a series at the New York Mets on Tuesday.

The Padres also purchased the contract of right-hander Clay Hensley from Triple-A Portland.

To make room on the roster, right-handed reliever Rudy Seanez was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 8, with a strained right shoulder, outfielder Ben Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Portland and left-handed reliever Dennys Reyes was put on waivers for the purpose of his unconditional release.

Triple-A pitcher Miguel Asencio also was put on waivers for the purpose of his unconditional release, clearing a 40-man roster spot for Loretta.

Loretta had surgery on May 24 to repair a strained ligament in his left thumb. He was injured while sliding headfirst into first base against Atlanta on May 18. Loretta had 208 hits in 2004, making him the only player in team history besides Tony Gwynn to surpass 200 hits. This season, he’s batting .300 (48-for-160).

Nevin was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 26, retroactive to June 21, with a strained stomach muscle. He’s batting .268 (69-for-257) with nine home runs and 47 RBIs.

Seanez is 4-1 with a 2.97 ERA in 38 appearances.

Johnson hit .143 in seven games while Reyes was 3-2 with a 5.15 ERA.

Hensley was 2-2 with a 2.99 ERA 14 starts and one relief appearance for Portland.

Padres right-hander Adam Eaton remains on the disabled list with an injured middle finger on his pitching hand.

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