The Padres swapped struggling pitchers with the New York Yankees yesterday, acquiring recently demoted reliever Paul Quantrill for Darrell May and Tim Redding, plus cash.

Quantrill and fellow reliever Mike Stanton became the first victims of the Yankees' roster shake-up when they were designated for assignment Thursday.

Quantrill, a 36-year-old right-hander, was 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in 22 appearances this year.

"We're getting an experienced reliever who's pitched in the postseason and will add depth to our bullpen," Padres GM Kevin Towers said.

Neither May nor Redding was able to solidify the number five spot in the Padres' rotation. May struggled so much in spring training that the Padres obtained Redding in a trade with the Astros.

Although May recently beat Johan Santana and the Twins, he was 1-3 with a 5.61 ERA. Redding was 0-5 with a 9.10 ERA. He spent more than a month on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder.

The Padres were expected to fill the open roster spots by activating utility player Eric Young from the disabled list and recalling right-handed reliever Brian Falkenborg from Class AAA Portland. Young dislocated his right shoulder making a catch against the center field fence on April 7 against Pittsburgh.

* PAVANO TO SIT: Carl Pavano will not start for the Yankees today at Detroit because the right-hander has a sore shoulder.

Chien-Ming Wang will start today in Pavano's place, Tanyon Sturtze will follow tomorrow at home against the Orioles, then Randy Johnson will pitch on short rest.

* REST FOR RADKE: Twins RHP Brad Radke will have his next start pushed back three days to Friday, allowing more time for his sore neck and shoulder to heal.

Radke, who has been bothered by neck pain for the past several weeks, will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday. If that goes well, Radke will pitch on Friday at Kansas City.

-- From News Services

The Padres traded Darrell May, above, and fellow pitcher Tim Redding to the Yankees for 36-year-old reliever Paul Quantrill.