Former Dolphin Juan Padilla Picked Up By the Cincinnati Reds

Sept. 13, 2004

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Former JU pitcher Juan Padilla was recalled to the major leagues after being selected off the waiver wire by the Cincinnati Reds following his release from the New York Yankees on Sept. 3. The right-hander made his major league debut with the Yankees on July 16 with 2.2 shutout innings at Detroit before being sent back down to Triple-A Columbus on Aug. 3.

Padilla posted a 0-0 record and a 3.97 ERA in six appearances out of the bullpen for New York and is currently 0-0 with a 7.04 ERA in five appearances with the Reds, as of Sept. 12.

Padilla, a relief pitcher from Rio Piedres, Puerto Rico, was originally called up by the Yankees on July 8 after posting a 1-1 record in 30 appearances with a 2.51 ERA, 33 strikeouts, 43 innings pitched and only three walks with the Columbus Clippers (AAA) of the International League. A member of the Dolphin program from 1997-98, Padilla was originally drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 24th round of the 1998 MLB Amateur Draft and was acquired by the Yankees in 2003 as the player to be named in the deal that sent Jesse Orosco to Minnesota.

The right-hander spent the first two weeks of the 2004 season with the Trenton Thunder (AA) in the Eastern League before making the jump to Columbus on April 17.