SAN DIEGO -- There's no question that Padres catcher Nick Hundley has had a tough time offensively this season, as he entered Wednesday's game against the Rangers with a .169 average.
But one thing is for certain: Hundley's defense hasn't suffered because of the offensive woes that he's having.
No catcher in the Major Leagues has thrown out as many baserunners as Hundley, who has nabbed 18 of the 65 would-be basestealers for a 27.7 percent success rate.
Hundley credits two aspects of his defensive game for this, points of emphasis that he's worked hard on since the beginning of Spring Training, when he paired off with former Major League catcher and team special assistant Brad Ausmus.
"The biggest think is that I'm letting the ball come to me and absorbing it ... instead of going out and getting it," Hundley said. "That's something I worked a lot with Brad on."
The other change meant altering his pregame routine where he used to warm up at varying distances in the outfield with that day's starting pitcher before heading to the bullpen. Now, Hundley is doing much more long toss before games with bullpen catcher Justin Hatcher.
"I'm keeping my arm in better shape. This way I make sure that my arm is strong and loose," Hundley said. "That way, I'm doing the same thing every day. It's helped."
Last season, Hundley threw out a career-high 24 would-be base stealers. He's already far ahead of that pace this season.
"My arm feels great," he said.
Injured Padres join 'The Breakfast Club'
SAN DIEGO -- Padres manager Bud Black was talking about "The Breakfast Club" on Wednesday, though it wasn't the John Hughes movie he was referring to.
Black has dubbed the group of injured players who get treatment and work out each morning at Petco Park as "The Breakfast Club." Unfortunately, Black said, the group is bigger than he wishes it were.
Pitchers Tim Stauffer, Dustin Moseley, Eric Stults and Cory Luebke, outfielder Kyle Blanks and infielder James Darnell -- all on the disabled list -- have taken to getting a full day of work starting early in the morning.
"It's been out of necessity," Black said, noting that because there's so many players on the disabled list, they need to come in early so as to not interfere with the daily work that takes place with the players who are actually healthy.
Black said that while there can be a feeling of detachment for players on the disabled list, the volume of injured players has made it necessary for "The Breakfast Club" to exist.
"As much as those guys want to be here [before and during games], that's a lot of volume," Black said.
Physical therapist Rick Stauffer runs the program, which includes overseeing workouts to stretching and everything else in between. Players usually arrive around 9 a.m. PT when the team is in San Diego. Stauffer then sticks around for his regular work in the afternoon and during games.
"Rick puts in a full day," Black said.
Roach promoted to Double-A San Antonio
SAN DIEGO -- As expected, Padres pitching prospect Donn Roach has been promoted from Class A Lake Elsinore to Double-A San Antonio.
Randy Smith, the Padres' vice president of player development and international scouting, confirmed the promotion on Wednesday.
Roach, a 22-year-old right-hander, was obtained on May 3 from the Angels in the deal that sent reliever Ernesto Frieri to Anaheim. Roach went 5-1 with a 1.74 ERA in eight games (seven starts) after the trade. All told, he went 10-1 with a 1.94 ERA in 14 games, 13 starts, pitching in the hitter-friendly California League.
"He's been unbelievably successful," Smith said of Roach, a sinkerball pitcher. "And his ball should sink more in San Antonio. He's going into a good pitching environment."
The Padres hold Roach in very high regard, and several members of the front office, including general manager Josh Byrnes, have seen him pitch in person on several occasions.
Roach is considered the 20th-best Padres prospect, according to MLB.com.
Look for infielder Logan Forsythe (sore left abdomen) on Friday when the Padres open a three-game set against the Mariners at Petco Park. Forsythe lined out to third base as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday, and went through a full battery of pregame hitting and fielding drills.
"I think we've turned the corner on Logan," said Padres manager Bud Black.
Outfielder Jeremy Hermida, on the disabled list since April 27 with a strained left abductor, could be nearing a Minor League rehabilitation assignment. Black indicated that Hermida could head out to get some playing time at the end of this homestand, which concludes on Sunday.