Maybin headed to DL with knee inflammation
Cunningham called up to take roster spot
ATLANTA -- Padres enter fielder Cameron Maybin gained a small measure of relief Tuesday as the MRI conducted on the right knee that has troubled him for two weeks showed no structural damage.
"That was my biggest thing ... that there was no structural damage," Maybin said before the start of Tuesday's game against the Braves.
But as a precaution, the Padres will place Maybin on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with inflammation in his right knee.
The team has recalled outfielder Aaron Cunningham from Triple-A Tucson. Cunningham is expected to be at Turner Field on Wednesday for the finale of a three-game series against the Braves.
Cunningham was hitting .292 with five home runs and 42 RBIs with Tucson.
Maybin was kept out of the lineup for the fourth consecutive game on Tuesday. He said before the game that he has swelling in the bursa sac of his knee.
Maybin said the knee first started giving him trouble in a series in Colorado on May 13-15, though he's unable to pinpoint when it exactly occurred.
"I couldn't tell you," he said.
During the following series in Arizona, Maybin left a game against the D-back with what was termed patella tendinitis. He's played on the knee ever since, as it hasn't always been this much of a bother.
The news that there is no structural damage in his knee came as a relief.
"We've got to calm it down and get it right," Maybin said.
Rookie Blake Tekotte got his fourth start in as many games for Maybin in center field.
Hundley closing in on rehab assignment
ATLANTA -- For the first time since going on the disabled list on May 6, Padres catcher Nick Hundley hit on consecutive days in the cage before a game and Wednesday he will graduate to on-field batting practice.
That small bit of progress is significant to Hundley, who on Tuesday missed his 24th consecutive game while being stuck on the 15-disabled list with a strained right oblique.
"The swing is the final thing," Hundley said. "It [oblique] feels good. It's definitely a lot better. Now we're making sure it stays that way."
Hundley said Tuesday he's hopeful that he will be cleared to make a rehabilitation stint in the Minor Leagues this weekend, likely with Triple-A Tucson or Class A Lake Elsinore.
Of course, Hundley played his college baseball at the University of Arizona and said he wouldn't mind a trip back to Tucson.
Hundley said he took roughly 30 swings in the cage at Turner Field before the game on Tuesday with bullpen catcher Justin Hatcher throwing. On Wednesday, he'll hit with the rest of the team on the field before the game.
Hundley will also make throws to the bases on Wednesday for the first time since going on the disabled list.
At this point, Hundley is ready to get back in a game, regardless of where it's played and who is watching.
"We've worked hard for the last three weeks to get this right," he said.
Patterson uses his speed to his advantage
ATLANTA -- Eric Patterson nearly single-handedly ran the Padres into a run on Monday.
In the first inning of a 3-2 victory over the Braves, Patterson reached base on a single to right field to start the game and then promptly stole second base. He then got a big lead off the base, forcing Atlanta starter Tim Hudson into an errant pickoff throw that sailed into center field.
With Patterson now at third base and with the infield pulled in to cut off a run, Patterson managed to score a run on Ryan Ludwick's ground ball to third baseman Brooks Conrad, as he bolted for the plate after Conrad committed to throwing the ball to Freddie Freeman at first base.
"In that situation, he [Conrad] did everything right, he checked the runner. I anticipated him making that throw and I kind of fooled him by taking a step back. As soon as I saw his arm in motion, I went," Patterson said.
"It's a longer throw to the first baseman from there and I felt like he [Freeman] really has to make a good throw home to get me. It was a gamble ... but early in the game like that, I felt like it was a good gamble to take."
San Diego manager Bud Black was impressed with Patterson's guile.
"His speed is such a big part of his game and a great advantage for us," Black said. "... That's what speed can do."