PEORIA, Ariz. -- For the second straight day, Nick Hundley was out of the Padres' lineup, a late scratch Friday with what both he and manager Bud Black termed a sore right side.
The San Diego catcher said it was precautionary, and Black affirmed the notion.
"Sore side for Nick, a couple days off," the skipper said. "He should be OK."
Last season, Hundley was placed on the disabled list with a strained right oblique, and he missed more than a month. Black wasn't about to piece the two together.
"Let's go old school and [call it] side," Black said. "I'm not a doctor."
Right fielder Carlos Quentin and second baseman Orlando Hudson were also out for a second straight day with minor injuries. Quentin is battling a sore right knee and Hudson has a slight groin strain.
Making transition, Bass impressing Black
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Padres manager Bud Black isn't too concerned with setting up a contingency plan for Padres starter Anthony Bass should Sunday's Cactus League game in Tucson be rained out.
"You know that new movie called 'The Grey' -- I think he wanted to go see that," the Padres manager said.
Bass is slated to throw four innings on Sunday against Colorado, but the forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of rain. If he doesn't go Sunday, Black said expect to see him in the rotation Monday or Tuesday.
In three appearances this spring, Bass has posted a 2.57 ERA (two runs in seven innings), but it isn't the numbers that have Black impressed with the 24-year-old right-hander.
"The little things we're asking him to do -- controlling the running game, fastball command, use of the changeup, he's all putting into play," Black said.
Bass was impressive out of the 'pen for San Diego last year, posting a 1.68 ERA in 27 appearances. But Black said Bass will have to tweak his "variance in velocities" if he hopes to make the transition to a starting role.
Black has also stressed fastball command with Bass, whom the manager said has improved greatly since making his debut last season.
"There's a difference between pitching in the California League and the Texas League than the Major Leagues," Black said. "There were some things that he needed to refine. The fastball command and the ability to control the running game were two of them."
Stauffer gets caught in middle against Halos
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Tim Stauffer threw plenty of strikes Friday afternoon.
The only problem: Angels hitters seemed to be hitting most of them, and hitting them hard.
The Padres righty struggled in his third outing this spring, getting ahead in counts, but failing to put hitters away en route to allowing 11 hits and five runs in just 2 2/3 innings. The Padres won, 8-7.
"I felt like I didn't have much of an out pitch, and I felt like when I made good pitches, they just weren't biting," Stauffer said. "They were finding holes, and there's games where that happens."
Velocity and bite are two things Stauffer said typically come with more work. He is used to struggling in the spring and the thoroughly unimpressive Cactus League numbers he's posted are nothing new.
Stauffer said it isn't necessarily a dead arm, but it just takes his arm longer than most to be fully strengthened. That's when his fastball will pick up and his breaking balls will dip a little more, staying out of the middle of the zone -- where they were Friday.
"Stauff was up," manager Bud Black said. "He's throwing strikes, getting ahead, but he just couldn't finish those guys off. More often than not, when he tried to make a pitch 0-2, 1-2 or with two strikes, he just left the ball up."
The 29-year-old Stauffer had a 3.73 ERA last season, but he posted only a 9-12 record.
Stauffer took two positives from Friday's outing. He fixed his mechanics, taking his arm angle down from what it had been earlier in spring, with no hitches, and he felt healthy through a long third inning.
"I physically felt pretty good," Stauffer said. "The arm felt good, even having a pretty long last inning there. I'm still not where I want to be, but there's always room for improvement."
The Padres optioned righty reliever Nick Vincent to Minor League camp, manager Bud Black announced on Friday. The move comes two days after Vincent sprained his ankle stepping on a ball in the bullpen.
Vincent, who was placed with Triple-A Tucson, was looking to thrust himself into the mix for one of the final bullpen spots, as he had tossed three scoreless innings in Spring Training, posting four strikeouts.
Outfielder Chris Denorfia, who has yet to play a game this spring because of a back injury, had a single, a double and a triple in five at-bats while playing in Minor League games on Friday.
Black immediately after Friday's game on the Padres' seventh inning comeback: "That was great, wasn't it ... A lot of good things that inning."
AJ Cassavell is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.