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03/28/12 8:30 PM ET

Hermida making noise with his bat

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Outfielder Jeremy Hermida wasn't about to let a strained ligament in his left pinky keep him from playing Tuesday, not this late in camp and certainly not while he was trying to make a good impression on the staff.

So Hermida, two days removed from jamming his finger sliding into third base in a game against the Cubs, stayed in the lineup for Tuesday's split-squad game against the Rangers. As it turned out, the finger wasn't a problem, as he hit two home runs.

"It's a little big of a nagging issue," Hermida said. "But we got it checked out."

After getting two hits Wednesday against the White Sox, Hermida is hitting .350 this spring. He's likely headed to Triple-A Tucson to start the season.

"I think you can always try to improve," Hermida said when asked about his performance this spring. "We've tweaked a few things [with my swing] to get where I want to be."

Grandal, Hinshaw show promise in camp

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Padres made two more moves on Wednesday, optioning catcher Yasmani Grandal to Triple-A Tucson while reassigning left-handed pitcher Alex Hinshaw to Minor League camp.

There are now 38 players in big league camp, including eight players who aren't on the 40-man roster.

The team breaks camp after Sunday's game in Surprise but will take a handful of extra players back to San Diego for exhibition games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Some of those players, especially for the game against the Royals in Lake Elsinore, Calif., will be players who will play for the Storm, the team's Class A affiliate in the California League.

Hinshaw pitched well at times this spring, showing a hard slider from the left side and a fastball that ran 93-94 mph. He had a 5.63 ERA in nine outings with seven strikeouts and four walks in eight innings.

"He's got a good arm," Padres manager Bud Black said. "You can't deny the talent. It's in there. It's just a matter of consistency."

Grandal, obtained from the Reds in the December deal involving Mat Latos, impressed the staff in camp, both offensively and defensively. The switch-hitter had a .353 average with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 14 games. He will be the primary catcher at Triple-A Tucson.

"It was good for him," Black said of Grandal's first big league camp. "I thought he had a good camp. The last 10 days he showed some great at-bats."

Volquez first to go seven frames

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Pitcher Edinson Volquez became the first Padres pitcher to go seven innings this spring when he allowed two runs on five hits Wednesday in an 8-5 victory over the White Sox.

Volquez got off to a rocky start, allowing two runs on two hits in the first inning but settled down shortly after. He allowed three hits over his final six innings. All told, Volquez -- who is projected as the team's No. 3 starter -- walked three, struck out two and got nine fly-ball outs.

Volquez, who won't pitch again in Arizona, has a 3.48 ERA in 20 2/3 innings this spring.

Short hops

• Second baseman Orlando Hudson, who has missed the last week after he aggravated a right groin strain, will return to the lineup on Thursday. The plan is to have Hudson play three consecutive games to get his timing at the plate down.

• Outfielder Kyle Blanks, who has been sidelined for the last week with an impingement of his left shoulder, took batting practice Wednesday with hopes of returning to the field soon. It's still not known if the Padres will place Blanks on the disabled list to start the season.

• Pitcher Jeff Suppan tested his sore right triceps by playing catch for the second time in as many days. There is still no word on if he'll begin the season on the disabled list.

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.