Hinshaw's trip to the Big Easy was brief. He arrived early Tuesday morning with Triple-A Tucson. After he received a phone call from Tucson manager Terry Kennedy that he was heading to the Padres, Hinshaw had to catch a 6:30 a.m. flight to San Diego.
"I had not even opened up my suitcase, and TK called me," Hinshaw said. "He said, 'You might not want to sleep. You have a 6:30 a.m. flight.
"I spent all of 20 minutes in New Orleans, made all the normal phone calls -- parents, wife, best friend -- woke them all up."
To support their taxed bullpen, the Padres selected Hinshaw, a left-handed reliever, and optioned outfielder Blake Tekotte to Triple-A on Tuesday. To make room for Hinshaw on the 40-man roster, the Padres moved reliever Micah Owings to the 60-day disabled list.
Due to the excitement of returning to the Majors, Hinshaw said he had difficulty sleeping on the plane.
"It was such a whirlwind," said Hinshaw, who is from Pomona, Calif., and pitched at San Diego State University. "I got here, tried to take a nap, tried to re-energize. I opened up a sliding, glass door and smelled that ocean breeze, and I was like, 'I am not sleeping.'"
Hinshaw was running on adrenaline Tuesday.
"Adrenaline, butterflies, whatever you want to call it," Hinshaw said. "Whatever feeling this is, I don't ever want it to go away. I don't care if I'm dead tired, exhausted. If I get to be in a big league clubhouse I'll take it."
Hinshaw pitched 45 2/3 innings in the Major Leagues in 2008 and 2009 with the Giants. He posted a 4.53 ERA, striking out 49 and walking 36. He posted a 3.72 ERA in 19 1/3 innings with Tucson before his callup.
"He throws 94 left-handed with a hard slider," Padres manager Bud Black said. "In Spring Training, he pitched well."