SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres today announced they have selected left-handed pitcher Andrew Werner from Triple-A Tucson and have optioned right-hander Brad Boxberger to the same Tucson club. Werner is expected to start the Padres’ 3:35 p.m. PT game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Petco Park this afternoon. In addition, the club has designated outfielder Jeremy Hermida for assignment.  Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes made the announcements.

Werner, 25, has gone 5-10 with a 3.70 ERA (52 ER/126.1 IP), a .271 opponents batting average and 109 strikeouts against 31 walks over 22 starts between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson this season. The southpaw was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Padres in November of 2010.  Over parts of two seasons in the Padres organization (2011-12), he has gone 12-18 with a 3.46 ERA (101 ER/262.2 IP), a .269 (275-for-1024) opponents batting average and 217 strikeouts against 57 walks in 47 games started.

Boxberger, 24, was recalled from Tucson on July 30 for his second stint with the Padres this season.  In 13 relief outings over first Major League campaign this year, he has posted a 3.52 ERA (6 ER/15.1 IP) with 20 strikeouts against 13 walks.  Over 34 relief appearances for Tucson this season, he has gone 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA (13 ER/38.2 IP) and 55 strikeouts against 19 walks.

Hermida, 28, was previously removed from the 60-day disabled list and optioned to Tucson on July 19.  He was originally placed on the disabled list on April 28 with a strained left adductor and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on June 25.  In 13 games for San Diego this season, he hit .250 (6-for-24).  Acquired by the Padres off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds on August 31, 2011, he hit .234 (15-for-64) with three doubles, two triples, one home run and eight RBI in 33 games played for the Padres.  Over parts of eight Major League seasons with the Florida Marlins (2005-0), Boston Red Sox (2010), Oakland Athletics (2010), Reds (2011) and Padres (2011-12), he has hit .257 (517-for-2012) with 104 doubles, nine triples, 65 home runs, 250 RBI and 248 runs scored in 632 games played.