05/17/11 10:39 PM ET
Bartlett's RBI puts him in record book
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
Bartlett's RBI in the first inning Tuesday against the D-backs gave him at least one RBI in nine consecutive games to tie the club record established by Sixto Lezcano in 1982 and tied by Steve Finley in 1996.
The last time a Major League player had an RBI in nine or more consecutive games came last year when Jorge Cantu plated a run in 14 consecutive contests in parts of two seasons with the Marlins. Cantu started the 2010 season with an RBI in 10 consecutive games for the Marlins.
Carmelo Martinez and Tony Gwynn both had eight-game RBI streaks in 1984.
Ludwick settling into groove at the plate
PHOENIX -- Padres outfielder Ryan Ludwick says his statistics only tell part of the story. His numbers do not measure how confident he is feeling at the plate.
"I've been making a lot of hard outs. I'm not saying I'm lighting the world on fire and hitting .300, but I'm hitting the ball hard," Ludwick said before Tuesday's game against the D-backs. "Coming on this road trip, I told the guys that I was going to hit some home runs, and sure enough, I have. It has worked out just the way I thought it would."
Ludwick is batting .218 for the season, but he's hitting .310 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in the first seven games of the eight-game road trip. He's hit .450 in the five games since going 3-for-6 on May 11 against Milwaukee.
"He's a little bit more aggressive from the time he walks into the batter's box," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He's ready to hit from the first pitch. I think the overall mindset is coming into play."
Last season, Ludwick hit .211 with six homers and 26 RBIs in 59 games for the Padres after being acquired from the Cardinals at the non-waiver Trade Deadline. He hit .299 with 37 jacks and 113 RBIs as an All-Star for the Cardinals in 2008.
"Obviously, I would like to have a higher average, but the positive thing is that I have been able to drive in runs," Ludwick said. "My whole career, I have taken pride in trying to drive in runs. Last year, I came over here and it was horrendous. I don't know what it was. A mental block, I guess."
Hudson on track for Thursday return
PHOENIX -- Orlando Hudson's road back to the big leagues might make a detour through Lake Elsinore.
The second baseman, who is nursing a strained right hamstring, is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday, though he could make at least one Minor League rehab appearance with the Class-A Storm on Wednesday.
"I still have to do some treatment on it and get ready for the next couple of days," Hudson said "I'm definitely ready to go full speed."
Hudson went 3-for-4 with four runs, two doubles and three walks in two Minor League rehab games with Triple-A Tucson before joining the Padres on Tuesday in Phoenix. Prior to his injury, Hudson hit .245 with six RBIs in 29 games. He was also perfect in 10 stolen-base attempts.
"It was a good time down there," Hudson said. "I got to see some fans from the D-backs days, and see some guys that I saw in camp, and others that I met for the first time. It was a blast. I'm ready to roll."
Padres recall Neshek to reinforce staff
PHOENIX -- In an effort to bolster their pitching staff, the Padres recalled right-hander Pat Neshek from Triple-A Tucson and optioned infielder Logan Forsythe to Triple-A before Tuesday's game against the D-backs.
"Our starters have had a rough go through the last couple of starts, and we just felt that we needed to add an extra arm, just in case," Padres manager Bud Black said.
Neshek, 30, who was optioned to Tucson on April 24, was claimed off waivers by the Padres from the Twins on March 20. He made San Diego's Opening Day roster and went 1-0 with a 2.55 ERA in eight games before he was sent down.
"I threw my breaking ball a lot down there in Tucson, and for the most part I thought I threw the ball well," Neshek said. "That's a tough league to pitch in. It was neat to see how the hitters reacted to never seeing me before, and how I reacted to never seeing them. It was a good experience."
Neshek went 1-1 with two saves and a 1.86 ERA for Tucson. He's 12-6 with a 3.01 ERA in 140 career appearances in five Major League seasons with the Twins and Padres.
Forsythe, 24, was selected from Tucson on May 4 and made his Major League debut that day against the Pirates as a pinch-hitter. He went 0-for-7 with a walk in eight games for the Padres.