TUCSON -- In his first game action of any sort in exactly a month, Nick Hundley tested his recovering right oblique with a big test on Saturday, with an even bigger swing during the first game of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Tucson.
Hundley drilled a hanging curveball from Tacoma pitcher Luke French into the bullpen in left field for a three-run homer at Kino Stadium as part of Tucson's 12-8 victory.
Hundley, who walked and grounded out in a six-inning stint, said that it was important that he put the strained muscle to the test right away after a month on the disabled list resting and rehabbing.
"I didn't want to come into this [rehab stint] and not get it loose," Hundley said.
Hundley is scheduled to catch six innings on Sunday, will get at-bats as the designated hitter on Monday and will likely catch a full game on Tuesday. If he checks out fine, he'll head back to San Diego on Wednesday, when he could be activated from the DL.
"Hopefully, I'll be ready to go," he said. "Right now I feel fine."
Hundley has missed the last 27 games since straining the oblique while taking a swing during the May 4 game against the Pirates.
Rob Johnson and Kyle Phillips, who have shared the catching duties with Hundley out, have hit a combined .156 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 96 at-bats since May 5.
At the time of the injury, Hundley was hitting .263 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 95 at-bats.