13 February 2007

Padres Sign Iraq Vet

From desert to turf:

The Padres' ongoing search for baseball talent recently found an unusual source: the United States Marine Corps. The Padres are enlisting Cooper Brannan, a Marine corporal whose service includes two tours of duty in Iraq.

A former pitcher for Highland High in Gilbert, Ariz., Brannan worked out for Padres scout Brendan Hause recently and will participate in spring training with fellow minor leaguers. The 22-year-old right-hander is to report to Peoria on March 2.

Brannan also has a Purple Heart and lost a finger on his left hand. Fortunately, he's a right-handed pitcher.

(via WBRS Sports Blog)

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