Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Healthy but rusty

If Nick Hundley never hears the word "oblique" again, that'd be fine by him. The first oblique strain of his life derailed Hundley in early May and kept him on the disabled list for a month. When he returned seven days ago, his side muscle no longer pained him. But stepping into the batter's box was like jumping into rush-hour traffic in a Jetsons episode. "My timing is off," Hundley said today by phone from Denver, where he had just finished batting practice. "That's the hardest part. It's something I'm battling right now." When he went onto the DL, Hundley was batting .263./.336./.421, Piazza-like relative to several Padres then. Since his return on June 8, he is 2-for-22 with 10 strikeouts. Hitless with five strikeouts in the two games at Denver, he is taking the start off today as Rob Johnson again caddies for Mat Latos. The good news is that when Hundley swings or throws, it no longer feels like a knife in his side. He said he feels "a stretch" on some throws, which isn't of concern. "I  feel like my swing is the same," he said, "but the timing isn't good."

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