Kip Wells completes comeback to bigs, will become 13th Padres starting pitcher of 2012

Kip Wells will be promoted to the majors and start for the Padres Tuesday, reports Jon Heyman of This is notable for two reasons:

1. Wells' comeback is complete.

2. The Padres have used an amazing amount of starting pitchers this season.

On the first point, the 35-year-old Wells hasn't pitched in the majors since 2009, when he went 2-5 with a 5.33 ERA and 1.38 WHIP for the Nationals and Reds. He played independent ball in 2010 (for five starts) and was off the radar in 2011.

In Triple-A this season, Wells is 1-4 with a 4.97 ERA and 1.74 WHIP. He has walked more (20) than he's struck out (16). But with the disabled list overflowing, the Padres need an arm. Which nicely segues us to the second point.

Wells will become the Padres' 13th starting pitcher this season in just the 75th game.

The first 12: Clayton Richard, Edinson Volquez, Anthony Bass, Cory Luebke, Jeff Suppan, Joe Wieland, Andrew Cashner, Jason Marquis, Eric Stults, Ross Ohlendorf, Tim Stauffer and Dustin Moseley.

Put simply, it's not difficult to understand why the Padres are 26-47 and in last place.

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