The Padres are hoping that Beck, 34, who missed all of last season recovering from reconstructive right elbow surgery, can become the closer for a beleaguered bullpen that at week's end ranked last (5.22 ERA) in the National league. San Diego's closer for the last nine years, Trevor Hoffman, is out for the season with a dislocated left shoulder.
Beck, a three-time All-Star who last pitched in the majors with the Red Sox in 2001, was 1-1 with a 0.59 ERA in 21 appearances with Iowa. However, with Joe Borowski (2.48 ERA) making good on 11 of 13 save opportunities, Chicago had no reason to call up Beck. "All in all it's just a perfect fit," said Beck of his new team. In his first four appearances with San Diego, Beck gave up two runs in 3? innings, but he was living in an apartment.