It was a few minutes before midnight when Robbie Erlin’s cell phone rang. His manager Pat Murphy’s name popped up on the screen and the Tucson Padres left-hander couldn’t imagine what his skipper wanted.
Murphy was calling to tell Erlin he was being promoted to the big leagues, but decided to have some fun with him first.
“I told him a story that there was an MLB investigation going on and he was part of it,” Murphy said. “I told him I wanted to know what he knew about it. He said right away, ‘no, Murph, I’m not involved.’”
Murphy finally shared the good news with Erlin after a few minutes of yanking his chain and told him ne needed to report to San Diego the next morning.
Read more about the Tucson Padres in Saturday's Arizona Daily Star.