Padres give hard-working Hundley rare break

Padres give hard-working Hundley rare break

SAN DIEGO -- It made perfect sense for Padres catcher Nick Hundley to get a start off Wednesday against the Braves, considering the team has an off-day Thursday.

It was a good time, Padres manager Bud Black said, to get Hundley off his feet and to give Rob Johnson a rare start.

Hundley has caught the third-most innings (183 2/3) of any catcher in the league so far this season, trailing Atlanta's Brian McCann (185 2/3) and Geovany Soto of the Cubs (185).

"Nick's been everything so far we thought he would be," Black said.

Hundley figures to be behind the plate Friday when the Padres begin a three-game set at Dodger Stadium.

Hundley has appeared in 22 of the first 24 games and is tied for second on the team with 77 at-bats. He is hitting .286 overall, but is hitting .194 in his last 31 at-bats since April 18.