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San Diego Padres call up Merced's Dusty Ryan

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SAN DIEGO — Former Merced College standout Dusty Ryan is back in the major leagues. For a week, at least. San Diego Padres catcher Yorvit Torrealba (yohr-VEET’ tohr-ee-AL’-bah) has been placed on the restricted list for personal reasons and is expected to be away from the team for at least three days. Team officials say Torrealba is tending to a family matter.

To take his roster spot, the Padres recalled Ryan, a catcher, from Triple-A Portland. The 25-year-old Ryan was hitting .118 with three homers and nine RBIs at Portland. Ryan hit .257 with two homers and 11 RBIs over parts of two major league seasons with the Detroit Tigers (2008-09).

Torrealba and Nick Hundley have split time at catcher this year, with each starting 25 games. Torrealba is hitting .287 with one home run and 14 RBIs.