|Aging lefties Estes, Rusch get minor league deals from Padres|
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|Friday, 14 December 2007 14:53|
Both were invited to spring training.
The 34-year-old Estes made 11 minor league appearances this season as he bounced back from reconstructive elbow surgery in June 2006. Estes previously made one start for the Padres on April 5, 2006, when he strained his elbow.
Estes is 99-90 with a 4.71 ERA in parts of 12 big league seasons with seven teams.
Rusch, 33, last pitched for the Chicago Cubs in 2006, going 3-8 with a 7.46 ERA. He was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism on Sept. 12, 2006, and didn't pitch again. The Cubs released him on Jan. 24.
He is 60-94 with 5.01 ERA in parts of 10 major league seasons with four teams.
Also Friday, the Padres promoted former big leaguer Randy Ready to manager of their Triple-A Portland affiliate and Max Venable to hitting coach with the Beavers.
Ready enters his fifth season in the Padres' organization. He played parts of 13 major league seasons with five teams, including the Padres.