08/10/12 6:42 PM ET
Grandal making strides in recovery from injury
By George Von Benko / Special to MLB.com
Grandal was hitting .312 with five homers and 14 RBIs when he was injured.
"Grandal hit [earlier in the week] in the batting cage and off the tee and soft toss," manager Bud Black said. "He did fine, so he hit Tuesday in San Diego and took two days off. Hit again today, we suspect he will hit again tomorrow, possibly on the field, and then we'll just keep moving forward, but he's doing well."
Grandal will likely go on a rehab assignment before being activated.
Hundley excited to be back with Padres
PITTSBURGH -- The Padres have recalled catcher Nick Hundley from Triple-A Tucson and optioned catcher Eddy Rodriguez to the same club.
"I feel great," Hundley said. "I feel good in the batter's box again, and I'm just excited to be back here and compete."
Hundley, hitting .166 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 55 games for the Padres this season, is back to the big leagues after being optioned to Tucson on June 30. He played in 13 games for Tucson, missing time due to a stint on the seven-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, and batted .190. He struck out in three at-bats in his final game in Tucson, on Wednesday. He went 3-for-31 over his last 10 games there.
"Obviously, it wasn't the ideal situation to get a little hamstring injury, but that's the way it goes," he said. "I'm ready to play. If I wasn't I wouldn't be here."
"He was working on some things in Triple-A with his hitting mechanics, and hopefully we'll see some dividends," manager Bud Black said. "Statistically, it didn't show. You pull up his numbers, and they weren't great. But again, when you're working on things and trying to incorporate what you are doing in the cage and the work you are doing out on the field, a lot of times it takes time for that to become comfortable."
Padres always happy to play in PNC Park
PITTSBURGH -- The Padres have won each of their last nine games at PNC Park, the longest active winning streak for any team against an opponent at its home ballpark.
The Padres are 26-9 all-time at PNC Park and have never lost consecutive games there.
Last year the Padres came to Pittsburgh and scored 35 runs over a three-game series.
"I'm not sure why," manager Bud Black said. "[Is it] whether we just happened to be playing well when we came here? I just know the last couple of years, we've had some success in this park. It just might have been coincidental [that] the guys were swinging the bats well. I wish I had the answer. I do know in talking to our players, it's a good hitting background, guys see the ball here, they like this park and they feel good about it."
George Von Benko is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.