SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres selected the contract of right-hander Colin Rea from Triple-A El Paso so he could make his major league debut by starting Tuesday night's game against Cincinnati.

Rea made six starts for El Paso this season, going 2-2 with a 4.39 ERA after being promoted from Double-A San Antonio on July 3.

The Padres designated right-hander Dale Thayer for assignment to make room for Rea on the 40-man roster. Thayer pitched in 38 games for San Diego with a 4.08 ERA.

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San Diego also signed right-hander Bud Norris to a major league contract after he had been released by Baltimore on Aug. 8 and became a free agent. Norris made 11 starts for the Orioles this season and had a 2-9 record with a 7.06 ERA in 18 appearances.

To make room for Norris on the 40-man roster, the Padres designated infielder Taylor Lindsey for assignment. Lindsey hit .197 in 77 games in both San Antonio and El Paso.