SAN DIEGO -- In a continuing effort to try to jump-start the offense of Ryan Ludwick, Padres manager Bud Black slid the outfielder down to seventh in the batting order for the first time this season for Sunday's series finale against the Giants at PETCO Park.
It's the second time in eight days that Ludwick has found himself in a new place in the order, as he was moved from the cleanup spot to the No. 3 hole on Sept. 4. In seven games batting third, Ludwick posted a .174 average.
The switch, Black said, is simply designed to take some pressure off the outfielder.
"Luddy's had some great at-bats with us since he's been here, but I've noticed a little bit of a press the last few days," Black said "Maybe this will just give him a little bit of an exhale. We need him, and I know he's going to provide some big hits for us."
Ludwick is batting .200 in 30 at-bats in September and .216 with four home runs and 16 RBIs in 38 games overall since coming over from the Cardinals in a deal at the Trade Deadline.
"When you move a guy, it just gives him sort of a different perspective," Black said. "I think there is a perception when you hit [third or fourth], there's an expectation level. A guy like Luddy who came over here thinking, 'They traded for me,' all that stuff, sometimes can weigh on a player."
Padres activate Hairston from disabled list
SAN DIEGO -- After missing 14 games with a right elbow strain, Padres utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. returned to the Padres' active roster before Sunday's game against the Giants.
Hairston, who had been on the disabled list since Aug. 28, will be used primarily as a pinch-hitter initially, Padres manager Bud Black said.
"He won't be used on the defensive side," Black said. "He's got to pass some throwing tests."
Hairston, who was hopeful he will be in the starting lineup Monday in Denver against the Rockies, was just glad to be back in a position to play again.
"You want to contribute and get back out there," Hairston said. "It's been tough for me watching. But I want to be smart about it."
Hairston is still cautious about testing the elbow. He's made throws during batting practice, from second base and the left side of the infield. He acknowledged that he won't really know how his elbow responds to the strain of a throw until he gets in a game.
"The only way to know is when you're game-tested," Hairston said, noting that it will be easier for him to play second base initially because the throw to first base is shorter.
The Padres were 4-10 in the games Hairston missed with the injury. He's been valuable to the team as a leadoff hitter and as a more-than-admirable fill-in when Everth Cabrera was on the disabled list twice and Hairston filled in at shortstop.
Hairston has started 42 games at second base -- most when David Eckstein went on the disabled list with a calf injury -- 50 games at shortstop, one game at third base and six games in the outfield.
PETCO Park the leader in 1-0 games
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' 1-0 victory over the Giants on Saturday at PETCO Park was the 19th game decided by a 1-0 score in the history of the ballpark.
According to Elias, there have been more 1-0 games at PETCO Park since 2004, the year the ballpark opened, than any other ballpark in Major League Baseball.
Dodger Stadium has the second-most 1-0 games in the last seven seasons with 15.
The Padres' victory, a day after a victory by the Giants by the same score, marked the second time this season that teams exchanged 1-0 victories in consecutive games. The Marlins and Phillies did so in May.
Elias also noted that the three 1-0 games in the Major Leagues on Saturday were all decided by home runs: Yorvit Torrealba (Padres), Xavier Nady (Cubs) and Jim Thome (Twins).
Young feels strong after rehab start
SAN DIEGO -- A day after his third Minor League rehab start, Padres right-hander Chris Young had a definitive answer on whether he feels he is healthy and sharp enough to pitch in the Major Leagues this season.
"Yes. No doubt about it," Young said.
Young, on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder since April, threw about 75 pitches in 5 2/3 shutout innings for Class A Lake Elsinore on Saturday in a California League Southern Division Finals game. He allowed three hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.
"Health-wise, I felt great," Young said. "[My] stuff was really good, command was good, offspeed [pitches were] good. It was probably, all in all, the best it's been."
Though Young was adamant that he has the ability to pitch for the Padres in September, manager Bud Black said the next step in Young's recovery process is yet to be determined.
"I just want to make sure that, long-term, he's in a good spot," Black said. "He's had a tough year coming back from some shoulder ailments. I'm glad he's confident in where he is.
"This is an ongoing process. He's only had three starts, and he hasn't pitched [in the Majors] since April."
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Gina Mizell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.