Padres Option Blake Tekotte To San Antonio

San Antonio - The San Diego Padres have optioned outfielder Blake Tekotte back to San Antonio and he is expected to join the Missions today in Frisco.

Tekotte was called up to San Diego on May 23 and made his Major League debut on May 25 against the St. Louis Cardinals at PETCO Park appearing as a pinch-hitter. He collected his first Major League hit on May 28 at Washington, a second inning double to right field off Nationals starter Jordan Zimmerman. Tekotte went 2-3 in that game, adding an RBI triple in the fourth.

The 24-year old native of Columbia, MO appeared in 10 games for the Padres and hit .158 (3-for-19) with a double, a triple, one RBI and one run scored.

In 39 games with San Antonio before his call-up, Tekotte hit .291 (43-for-148) with nine doubles, one triple, six home runs, 24 RBI and 30 runs scored. He leads the Missions and is still fourth in the Texas League in stolen bases with 14 and fifth in on-base percentage (.410).

Tekotte was San Diego's third round selection in the 2008 First Year Player Draft out of the University of Miami (FL) and entered the 2011 season as the Padres' 14th rated prospect by Baseball America.

To make room for Tekotte on the roster, outfielder Danny Payne was sent to Class A Lake Elsinore in the California League.

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