Hundley excited to be back with Padres

Hundley excited to be back with Padres

PITTSBURGH -- The Padres have recalled catcher Nick Hundley from Triple-A Tucson and optioned catcher Eddy Rodriguez to the same club.

"I feel great," Hundley said. "I feel good in the batter's box again, and I'm just excited to be back here and compete."

Hundley, hitting .166 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 55 games for the Padres this season, is back to the big leagues after being optioned to Tucson on June 30. He played in 13 games for Tucson, missing time due to a stint on the seven-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, and batted .190. He struck out in three at-bats in his final game in Tucson, on Wednesday. He went 3-for-31 over his last 10 games there.

"Obviously, it wasn't the ideal situation to get a little hamstring injury, but that's the way it goes," he said. "I'm ready to play. If I wasn't I wouldn't be here."

"He was working on some things in Triple-A with his hitting mechanics, and hopefully we'll see some dividends," manager Bud Black said. "Statistically, it didn't show. You pull up his numbers, and they weren't great. But again, when you're working on things and trying to incorporate what you are doing in the cage and the work you are doing out on the field, a lot of times it takes time for that to become comfortable."