SAN DIEGO -- The Padres have been more than willing to give young arms a chance in the big league bullpen so far this season. So if you're a relief pitcher stationed with Triple-A Tucson, it's probably a good idea to be ready for a callup at any time. Just ask Nick Vincent, who was getting in some extra off-day work when he got the unexpected news that he needed to head for San Diego.
"I was working out because we had the day off and right as I was getting done with everything they were like, 'Yeah, you're going back up,'" Vincent said. "I was like, 'Why couldn't you have told me this 30 minutes ago? I wouldn't have worked out, would have saved some energy.'"
This will be Vincent's third career stint with the Padres, all this season. He'll take the roster spot vacated by fellow reliever Miles Mikolas, who was optioned to Tucson before Monday's game.
"We feel as though the way Nick is throwing the ball now. ... He's just a little bit more consistent than some of the other guys that have come up," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We like how he's throwing the ball, we like his stuff. ... He does a lot of things well."
The Poway native and Ramona High School graduate is excited to come home with a chance to prove he's deserving of the chance.
"It's always good to be back here, this is the Major Leagues, you play to get to this level," Vincent said. "Now it's time to make pitches and get people out."
In his four career appearances with the Padres, Vincent has struck out five batters in 4 2/3 innings. Two of those appearances came against the Astros, including his first win on June 28. The Padres take on Houston for a four-game set beginning Monday night.
Mikolas was 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 15 appearances with the Padres over two stints this season. He was holding opponents to a .233 batting average.
"I think Miles learned a little bit the brief time he was here, and the time before," Black said. "He'll be able to go down and work on some things we talked about. ... It's great experience for all these guys that are able to come up and be a part of our bullpen."