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 SAN DIEGO (AP) -The San Diego Padres purchased the contract of right-hander Aaron Rakers from Triple-A Portland on Wednesday to help bolster their weary bullpen, which threw 25 2-3 innings in the last five games.
To make room on the roster, infielder-outfielder Paul McAnulty was optioned to Portland.
The addition of Rakers gives the Padres 13 pitchers.
Manager Bud Black said the move was not a reflection on McAnulty's performance.
``This is one of those circumstances that's out of his control,'' Black said. ``We've had a couple of short starts combined with a 14-inning game. That taxes your pen.''
David Wells lasted only 2 1-3 innings Friday night in a loss to the Dodgers, and Chris Young only went two innings on Sunday in another loss in Los Angeles.
The Padres won 4-3 in 14 innings at the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.
Rakers was 0-0 with a 1.00 ERA in five appearances at Portland.
McAnulty was batting .125 with a double and a run scored in eight games. He made six appearances as a pinch hitter and played in two games in left field.
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