Tucson Padres: Hudson makes most of rehab stint

2011-05-16T00:00:00Z 2014-07-09T11:41:34Z Tucson Padres: Hudson makes most of rehab stintSarah Trotto Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 16, 2011 12:00 am  • 

San Diego Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson said he's been feeling well, and he's anxious to return to the majors.

After all, he lobbied to stay off the 15-day disabled list after he injured his right hamstring May 3.

Hudson is spending a couple days in Tucson to test the hamstring and get at-bats. Batting leadoff, he went 2 for 2 with two doubles and a walk in five innings Sunday night in Tucson's 10-5 loss to Albuquerque. He is expected to play seven innings tonight.

"I'm already there," Hudson said. "Fifteen days was a good enough, long time for me. I'm ready to get out and see some pitches. I'm not worrying about results, just have some good at-bats and see some pitches."

Hudson said he plans to travel to Phoenix after tonight's game to rejoin the big-league Padres, who are playing the Diamondbacks tonight and Tuesday.

"I'm feeling good," said Hudson, who advanced to third on a fly out and scored on an error in the first. "It's good to be with the guys. I haven't seen them since spring. I haven't played in Tucson since '08."

Hudson was one of three major-leaguers rehabbing Sunday at Kino Stadium. Padres infielder Jarrett Hoffpauir also began a rehab assignment with Tucson and played shortstop. In five innings, he went 0 for 2.

While Hudson's rehab stint is expected to last two days, Hoffpauir's term is indefinite, and he'll join the team on its road trip that begins Thursday in Iowa. Hoffpauir is on the 60-day DL for a right quad injury.

"It's been frustrating. It's been a long time," said Hoffpauir, who has been on the DL since March. "I finally think it's right though.

"I'm very anxious to get out there, get outside with some fans, get some adrenaline going. It'll be fun."

Hoffpauir is expected to play second base primarily for Tucson, but he could also see more time at shortstop and third base. He had been rehabbing at extended spring training in Peoria since tweaking the quad while conditioning.

"I'm just trying to get timing down and get my feet under me," Hoffpauir said. "My legs are fatigued from not being on them for so long and not being able to work out."

The third major-leaguer rehabbing Sunday was Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal. Coming back from a broken finger, Furcal went 1 for 4 with a double for Albuquerque. He hit from both sides of the plate after batting left-handed Saturday. He also had an error.

Inside pitch

• Left-hander Colt Hynes joined Tucson from Double-A. He replaces lefty Randy Flores, who was granted his release after he took the opt-out clause in his minor-league contract. Flores was able to become a free agent because San Diego didn't call him up by Sunday.

• There will be another Bark in the Park on May 29; 265 dogs attended Sunday night's event at Kino.

TODAY

• Who: Albuquerque at Tucson

• When: 7 p.m.

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