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07/02/11 9:34 PM ET

Padres ink 16-year-old Ruiz out of Venezuela

SEATTLE -- The Padres made a big splash on Saturday, the first day of the international signing period, inking 16-year-old Venezuelan catcher Jose Ruiz to a deal worth $1.1 million.

Randy Smith, San Diego's director of player development and international scouting, said that Ruiz was one of the top players available in the international pool of players.

"We're thrilled that we were able to agree to terms with one of the premium players on the international market," Smith said.

"[Ruiz] was, in our opinion, one of the top players and the best catcher available in this year's class. He has a good frame that will fill out and add strength as he matures. [He] will be a plus receiver with an above average arm."

Ruiz, who is 6-foot-1, 180 pounds and a right-handed hitter, has a bat that has "steadily improved ... with good bat speed," Smith said. "He has a solid approach and raw power."

Saturday was the first day that international signings were permitted by Major League Baseball, which must approve the deal.

Hudson won't go to DL for shin contusion

SEATTLE -- Second baseman Orlando Hudson won't need a third trip to the disabled list this season, as the left shin contusion that he suffered on Friday against the Mariners will only keep him from the lineup for a few days.

San Diego manager Bud Black said Saturday that Hudson is "sore, but doing better" one day after he fouled a pitch from Seattle's Jason Vargas off his left shin in the second inning in a game the Padres lost, 6-0.

Hudson was on the ground and in considerable pain for a few minutes before leaving the field with the assistance of two teammates.

"We're going to stay away from him the best we can tonight," Black said. "Hopefully, it will heal quickly."

Black said there's a possibility that Hudson could play on Sunday in the series finale at Safeco Field.

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Alberto Gonzalez, who filled in for Hudson on Friday, got the start at second base in the second game of the three-game series.

Hudson has already been on the disabled list twice this season, missing 13 games with a right hamstring strain and 22 games with a left groin strain.

Black also indicated that it wasn't likely the team would promote an infielder from the Minor Leagues with Hudson being down.

"I think we're OK," Black said.

Bass performs well in first 'pen appearance

SEATTLE -- Anthony Bass couldn't remember the last time he pitched before his relief outing Friday against the Mariners.

"It had been a while," Bass said.

Bass, the rookie right-hander, was summoned from the bullpen against the Mariners as starting pitcher Dustin Moseley failed to complete five innings.

Bass allowed one run on two hits over 2 1/3 innings with two strikeouts and one walk.

It was the first time Bass had pitched in his second stint with the Padres and it was his first pitching appearance of any kind since June 23 with Double-A San Antonio.

"I had the mindset that I was going to throw as many strikes as I could throw," Bass said of his first Major League relief appearance.

Bass made his Major League debut as a starting pitcher on June 13 at Coors Field, where he allowed one run on five hits in five innings, and won his debut in a spot start. He was then sent back to San Antonio after the game.

Bass felt OK about his outing against the Mariners, though he admitted that he felt like he was rushing himself.

"It was pretty good, but I was working faster than normal," Bass said. "I was excited to get in the game."

Worth noting

San Diego manager Bud Black said that right-handed pitcher Aaron Harang, who has been on the disabled list since June 10 with a right foot contusion, will likely go on a Minor League rehabilitation start next week. Harang went through fielding drills on Saturday and threw another side session in the bullpen.

"[We'll] see how he feels," Black said. "His arm feels good, his foot feels good."

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.