Hundley's plan has him hitting

Hundley's plan has him hitting

ST. LOUIS -- Nothing wrong with being repetitive, especially when it comes to finding a swing that works.

That's how Padres catcher Nick Hundley is looking at things, after working all spring to find a swing he could stick with and carry into the regular season.

"From the first day of spring, I've had a plan and I've been able to stick with it," Hundley said. "I've taken the same swing, over and over again."

That 'same' swing has led Hundley to a 4-for-8 start in the first two games of the season, with a double and triple. This success comes on the heels of a big spring, where Hundley hit .439 in 41 at-bats in Cactus League play.

"I've been a little looser with my hands at the plate, not being so mechanical," Hundley said of the changes he's made since last season. "Also, the calmer I can be up there, the better."

In a small sample size, Hundley's revamped swing has led him to use the entire field, as he had two singles up the middle, a double off the left-field fence, as well as a triple off the right-field fence.

"I've put in a lot of time with [hitting coach Randy Ready], and I've found a routine that allows me to put more quality swings on more pitches," Hundley said.

Hundley was in the lineup on Sunday. If this were deeper in the regular season and if the Padres didn't have an off-day on Monday, reserve Rob Johnson might have gotten the start against the Cardinals.

But with the season still new and with the way Hundley is swinging the bat, it was easy to pencil him in the lineup, especially against Cardinals left-handed pitcher Jaime Garcia.