By Bill Center
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
May 19, 2007
SEATTLE – Justin Germano won't be going anywhere when Clay Hensley returns from the disabled list.
Germano is out of options, meaning he can't be returned to Triple-A Portland without passing through waivers. And the Padres don't believe the 24-year-old right-hander would clear waivers a second time.
The Padres claimed Germano on waivers from Philadelphia on March 19 and had to pass him through waivers to outright him to Portland 11 days later. But most teams at that time had just finalized their Opening Day rosters.
Germano was 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA in five starts with the Beavers before joining the Padres when Hensley went on the DL with a strained right groin muscle on May 2.
Germano is 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA in his two starts as a Padre. Germano makes his third start tomorrow, the same day Hensley makes a rehab start with Portland. It is expected that Hensley will make at least two rehab starts with the Beavers.
What happens after that is anyone's guess.
Germano has pitched in relief; so has Hensley.
Hensley, who is 1-3 with a 7.62 ERA in six starts – although he had allowed only five earned runs on 18 hits in the final 14 1/3 innings before being injured – also has options remaining. But no one is mentioning that as a possibility.
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