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Padres catcher Nick Hundley nurses strained oblique

May 6, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

Nick Hundley

Update: Hundley was placed on the disabled list prior to Friday’s game, making room for Phillips.

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It hasn’t put him on the DL, but Nick Hundley is unavailable for Friday’s game with a strained right oblique, forcing the Padres to call up a third catcher in Kyle Phillips.

Although he’s slumping lately, Hundley has been the Padres’ best hitter this season, amassing a .263/.336/.421 line, three homers and 12 RBI in 95 at-bats. After opening the season in the eight hole, he’s spent time batting fourth and fifth recently.

Taking his place tonight is ex-Mariner Rob Johnson, who won the Padres’ backup catcher gig by default after Gregg Zaun retired this spring. He’s 8-for-27 with a homer and 11 strikeouts in limited action.

Phillips, the younger brother of former big-leaguer Jason Phillips, will be making his major league debut nine years after being drafted by the Twins. He was hitting .316/.341/.447 in 76 at-bats for Double-A San Antonio.

(And, yes, that is a picture of Nick Hundley. You just have to look really closely.)

  1. icanspeel - May 6, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Tough year for the Padres so far, last place, Latos started year on DL, Thatcher on 60 day DL, Hudson on 15 day DL and now with Hundley hurt it seems they can’t catch a break. (no pun intended)

    • micker716 - May 6, 2011 at 9:26 PM

      I wish we could just blame it on injuries, but that everyday lineup is just plain bad. Jed Hoyer’s low cost gambles have not been paying off. Look at the bright side: Sunny and 70 and tomorrow is the Bud Black Bobblehead giveaway. Plenty of good seats available.

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