ST. LOUIS (AP) -The San Diego Padres parted ways with David Wells on Thursday, designating the 44-year-old left-hander for assignment in order to activate All-Star Chris Young from the 15-day disabled list.
The Padres have 10 days to make a move with Wells or he will become a free agent. He struggled in his last four starts, going 0-3 with a 14.33 ERA. Overall, he was 5-8 with a 5.54 ERA this season.
General manager Kevin Towers said Wednesday that the club gave Wells the option of retiring or being designated for assignment. On Thursday, Towers said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that the team hadn't heard from Wells before making the roster move. Neither Wells nor his agent could immediately be reached for comment.
Young was scheduled to start against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night. He was on the disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle. He leads the major leagues with a 1.82 ERA and a .184 batting average against.
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