Padres bringing up Kelly from Triple-A

The San Diego Padres will call up right-hander Casey Kelly to

start against Atlanta on Monday night and activate reliever Dale

Thayer off the paternity list.

Padres manager Bud Black says left-hander Josh Spence and

right-hander Brad Boxberger will be sent to Triple-A Tucson to make

room on the roster.

Kelly is San Diego’s top-ranked prospect and one of the key

parts in the 2010 trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez to Boston. The

22-year-old, who will take Jason Marquis’ spot in the rotation, has

been bothered by a strained right elbow, but is healthy now.

Thayer missed this weekend’s series against Arizona after the

birth of his third child with wife, Lisa. The right-hander is 2-2

with seven saves and a 3.89 ERA in a career-high 45


The Padres beat the Diamondbacks 5-4 on Sunday for their seventh

consecutive win.