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Erlin combines on AZL no-hitter
Padres prospect continues rehab, pitches three innings
08/08/2012 1:26 AM ET
Robbie Erlin has allowed four hits over five innings in two rehab starts.
Robbie Erlin has allowed four hits over five innings in two rehab starts. (Getty Images)
The last three months have not gone as planned for Robbie Erlin.

The Padres' No. 6 prospect had a 2.67 ERA in seven starts for Double-A San Antonio before elbow problems landed him on the disabled list in May.

Erlin got a big boost on his road to recovery Tuesday night, combining with Bryan Rodriguez and Uber Paz to toss an Arizona League no-hitter as the Padres beat the Giants, 3-1.

In his second start with the Padres' Rookie-level affiliate, Erlin issued two walks and gave up an unearned run while striking out two over three innings. The 2009 third-round Draft pick has felt no discomfort in his elbow during his stint in the Arizona League after sitting out all of June and July.

"[My rehab] is coming along really well," Erlin said. "I haven't felt any pain yet in my rehab starts. I feel stronger every time out, now it's just about building up innings to strengthen my arm before I go back to making starts for San Antonio."

While Erlin eagerly awaits a return to the Texas League, he said a no-hitter at any level is a special occurrence.

"I'm happy for the other guys who threw tonight," he said. "That doesn't happen too often and it's really exciting to be a part of one."

San Diego acquired the 21-year-old southpaw from Texas last July as part of the deal that sent reliever Mike Adams to the Rangers. Erlin ended up going 9-4 with a 2.99 ERA across two levels last season.

Rodriguez (3-0), a 21-year-old right-hander, walked one batter and struck out four over three frames. Paz, who had brief stints with Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore and short-season Eugene earlier this year, walked one and fanned two en route to his first professional save.

Henry Charles led the Padres offensively, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

The Giants scored their lone run in the second as Christian Diaz followed a pair of walks and a passed ball with an RBI groundout.

Zack Cox is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs. Comments
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