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Nick Hundley’s nightmare season ends with knee surgery

Aug 27, 2012, 8:13 PM EDT

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Nick Hundley signed a three-year, $9 million extension with the Padres in January, but it’s been all downhill from there.

Hundley batted just .166 with three home runs and a .485 OPS in 55 games prior to being demoted to Triple-A Tucson in late June. The 28-year-old backstop suffered a hamstring injury during his time in the minors, but found his way back to the majors earlier this month while Yasmani Grandal was on the disabled list with an oblique injury. However, he appeared in just three games before being placed on the disabled list with a right knee injury. Making matters worse, Corey Brock of MLB.com is reporting that he’ll undergo season-ending surgery Wednesday to repair a torn meniscus.

Hundley actually suffered the injury way back in April, so that would certainly explain his season-long struggles. He’ll likely be 100 percent by spring training, but his future with the Padres is in doubt now that Grandal has seemingly jumped him on the depth chart.

  1. icanspeel - Aug 27, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    I had a feeling his struggles might have been due to injury, but either way he lost the starting job to Grandal. Might be a good tandem to have next year with Grandal and Hundley if Hundley can bounce back and look more like 2011 Hundley (when he played)

  2. johnnyb1976 - Aug 27, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    He’s gonna be a good catcher for someone next season. I’m sure the Friars won’t ask for much in return just so they can get his contract off the books.

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