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Padres Trade Workman for Bruske

July 23, 1998

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ The San Diego Padres, looking to bolster their bullpen, acquired right-hander Jim Bruske from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday for minor league pitcher Widd Workman.

The Padres began the day with a 12-game lead in the NL West over San Francisco. The Dodgers were 14 games behind.

Bruske was 3-0 with a save and a 3.48 ERA in 35 relief appearances for Los Angeles this year. The Dodgers claimed him on waivers from San Diego last October after he went 4-1 with a 3.63 ERA for the Padres.

Now in his 13th season, Bruske, 33, was drafted by Cleveland as an outfielder in 1986 and didn’t move to the mound for good until 1989. He spent three seasons with Houston before pitching for the Dodgers and Triple-A Albuquerque in 1995 and 1996.

Workman, 24, was 8-8 with a 4.67 ERA in 20 starts for Class A Rancho Cucamonga this season. Workman, San Diego’s third-round draft choice in 1996, is 21-23 with a 5.18 ERA in 59 games in his three-year career.

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