O-Dog expected to return to yard in San Diego

O-Dog expected to return to yard in San Diego

PHOENIX -- The O-Dog's bark will soon be back in the Padres' clubhouse.

Orlando Hudson, who played his second and final rehab game Monday night with Triple-A Tucson, is expected to rejoin the big league club Tuesday in anticipation of coming off the disabled list when he is eligible on Thursday.

The second baseman went on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring on May 4. He had an active rehab debut on Sunday, playing the field and rapping a pair of doubles to score a run and drive in another against Albuquerque.

"We'll see him tomorrow, and he'll jump on the plane with us [for the return flight to San Diego]," said manager Bud Black. "If things continue the way they have, [Thursday] could be the day."

"I'm already there. Fifteen days was a long time for me," Hudson told the Arizona Daily Star following Sunday's game. "I'm ready to get out and see some pitches."

Prior to his injury, Hudson hit .245 with six RBIs in 29 games. He was also perfect in 10 stolen-base attempts -- a total which already ties his single-season high (previously reached in 2007 and '10) and ranks second on the Padres to Will Venable's 11.