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Improved Tekotte arrives as Hermida hits DL

Improved Tekotte arrives as Hermida hits DL

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Improved Tekotte arrives as Hermida hits DL
SAN FRANCISCO -- As excited as outfielder Blake Tekotte was on Saturday to join the Padres, he didn't come into the visiting clubhouse at AT&T Park feeling wide-eyed in the least.

Tekotte -- who was recalled Saturday from Triple-A Tucson -- said that he feels he's better able to handle a stint in the big leagues after having two a year ago with the team.

"Now it's more like I'm ready to get going," Tekotte said.

He'll likely need to be, especially after the Padres recalled him after placing outfielder Jeremy Hermida on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left adductor and hip flexor.

"It just wasn't getting any better," said Padres manager Bud Black.

Hermida was hitting .250 in 24 at-bats but led the team with four pinch-hits. Hermida indicated that the pain in his groin area started late in Spring Training and that the training staff had been able to prepare him for games.

Recently, though, Hermida said the areas of pain had "moved" more into the groin area. He was fine to hit, but it pained him greatly to run.

"It sort of moved spots and got to the point where I couldn't play and be helpful to the team," Hermida said. "It's always frustrating. But looking at the bright side, and we want to take care of this so that I can come back and help contribute."

As for the 24-year-old Tekotte, he was hitting .278 in his first 79 at-bats with Tucson. Of his first 22 hits, 11 went for extra bases. He also had three stolen bases while playing center field nearly every day. He hit .176 in 34 at-bats with the Padres last season.

Just not Friday, though, as Tekotte got a day off while the team was playing in Sacramento. When he got to Raley Field in West Sacramento in the afternoon, Tucson manager Terry Kennedy informed him that he was headed to San Francisco, which is about a 90-minute drive.

This isn't just Tekotte's third stint in the big leagues, he's also working on his third uniform number. He wore No. 15 when he was recalled last May, but when he came up again in August, Jesus Guzman was wearing it. So he wore No. 23. That now belongs to Yonder Alonso. On Saturday, Tekotte found No. 9 tucked inside his locker.

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