SAN DIEGO -- Catcher Nick Hundley's frustrating season ended officially Monday, when San Diego placed him on the 60-day disabled list with a torn meniscus in his right knee. The move made room for right-hander Casey Kelly, who will make his Major League debut against the Braves.
Hundley will have surgery Wednesday to repair the meniscus and clean up his knee, a procedure that has a 4-6 week recovery time in most cases. The 28-year-old said he has been dealing with the injury since April, when his foot got caught up with an umpire's while blocking a ball on the team's first road trip of the year.
Hundley says the lingering injury did not play a part in the offensive struggles that eventually landed him in Triple-A Tucson to find his swing after he batted just .167 over the first three months of the season.
"As long as I was able to play physically, I was going to play," Hundley said. "There's no excuses about the way I played."
The righty continued to struggle in Triple-A, hitting just .190 in 13 games with Tucson, a stark contrast to the 2011 season that saw him hit .288 and earned him a three-year, $9 million contract extension last March.
"I think it was a little bit of both: a little bit of mechanics, little bit of mental, little bit of approach," Hundley said of his struggles this season. "I don't think you get to a place where I was with one thing wrong."
Hundley admitted his confidence fell at times this season, but also said he's looking forward to getting healthy and readying himself for next season.
"There's times where it is high and there's times where's it's low, and that's something I've got to fix," Hundley said. "I know I can play this game, I know I can hit. I don't think it's a matter of: 'Yes, I found it, there it is.' I think it's more of an approach and little adjustments to the swing and getting your mind right again."