SAN DIEGO -- Padres catcher Nick Hundley missed his second straight game on Monday after hurting his right elbow in Saturday's 10-1 loss to the Braves.
Hundley said he felt pain in his arm in the third inning on Saturday. By the eighth inning, he was taken out of the game and by the end of the game, he couldn't straighten his arm.
The diagnosis? Hundley had fluid buildup in his right elbow due to an irritated tendon. He had an MRI on Monday and it showed no structural damage.
"Definitely a relief," said Hundley, who missed 31 games earlier this season with a strained right oblique.
Doctors gave Hundley a cortisone shot and told him that he could make a "safe" return by Friday. Hundley is hoping for earlier.
"For me, I want to be back in there Wednesday," Hundley said. "Let it calm down today, let the cortisone work tomorrow and then hopefully get back in there Wednesday, if [Padres manager] Buddy [Black] will put me in the lineup."
Hundley was able to extend his arm and move it after doctors drained his elbow.
He hadn't been able to do that over the weekend.
"I couldn't brush my teeth, I had to do that left-handed," Hundley said. "I couldn't shower. It was, all of a sudden, I couldn't bend my arm."
Richard perfect as a pinch-hitter
SAN DIEGO -- It might have looked a little strange on Sunday to see Padres pitcher Clayton Richard coming to the plate in the fifth inning as a pinch-hitter.
Richard made the first pinch-hitting appearance of his career when he hit for fellow pitcher Cory Luebke, who was done pitching at that point after reaching 75 pitches in his first start of the season.
Instead of burning any of his bench options in the fifth inning of a scoreless game, Padres manager Bud Black sent Richard to the plate.
"I thought of the options there, one out in the fifth, we didn't want to go to our bench too early," Black said. "We had [Ryan] Ludwick and [Jesus Guzman], and we wanted to save those guys. Needed to save the infielder in [Alberto] Gonzalez."
Richard, who was 1-for-23 this season at the plate, promptly lined a single to center field off Braves pitcher Tim Hudson. He then had to hustle to make it to second base after Will Venable dumped a single into right field.
"You don't get those opportunities often, so you've got to try to make the most of it," said Richard, who raised his career average to .120 in 108 at-bats. "I was just excited to help."
Richard, who can often be seen running alone in the outfield before games, was asked if his time on the bases was good enough to replace his normal running routine to keep his legs in shape.
"I wish," Richard said, smiling.
Richard admitted to being only mildly surprised that Black asked him to hit.
"Being a starting pitcher in the National League, you always understand that, on the day you're not pitching, there's a chance you might be asked to pinch-run or do something to help the team," Richard said.
"But definitely, it wasn't expected."
By using Richard in the fifth inning, Black saved players like catcher Rob Johnson for later in the game. Johnson had an important sacrifice bunt that helped set up a four-run, eighth inning in a 4-1 victory over the Braves.
Black made a name for himself in Royal blue
SAN DIEGO -- There's a familiar Royal blue color in San Diego, at least to Bud Black. In the time he was with the Royals, Black was a three-time Opening Day starter and his team won the division in 1984 and the World Series in 1985.
Black spent time reminiscing and talked about how influential the late Dick Howser, the Royals' manager in the 1980s, was and has been to Black's own managerial career, saying he's "right up there" with the most influential people.
But perhaps the most interesting memory Black shared was that of the famous pine tar incident that took place on July 24, 1983.
Black was the Royals' starting pitcher in that game, but the game has become famous for a ninth-inning two-run home run hit by George Brett that put the Royals up on the Yankees, 5-4.
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"After George hit the homer, they got the bat and we knew that the bat was going to be investigated so to speak." Black said. "So [home-plate umpire Tim] McClelland had the bat and gave it to a bat boy. And while all the argument was going on, Gaylord Perry got the bat from the bat boy and he shoveled it off to Leon Roberts, who ran it up in the clubhouse and then we buried it in a bat bag with other bats.
"So, then the umpires came into the clubhouse looking for the bat. To see an umpire in a clubhouse, you don't ever see it. But they were trying to find the bat, and it was like hide-and-go-seek."
At first, the home run was overturned and the Yankees were awarded the win, but Major League Baseball overturned that ruling and the game's final four outs were scheduled to be finished on Aug. 18.
"I pitched, but it was my day to throw on the side, so I went to the ballpark [on Aug. 18] anyway and threw on the side," Black said. "George didn't even go to the park. George and a handful of guys just stayed on the plane and just waited for us."
Those few players who went to the park were greeted by a ghost town. Black said there were maybe 500 people in Yankee Stadium.
"It was the damndest thing you'll ever see, because usually Yankee Stadium, there's an energy, there's a buzz to it," Black said. "There was nobody there, it was ghostly, it was weird."
Kansas City closer Dan Quisenberry pitched for the Royals since it was a save situation.
"That was another funny story," Black said. "He was nervous, because he knew he was going to pitch in advance. Usually, as a closer, you don't know if you're going to pitch. He knew for three weeks he was pitching that game, so on the plane, he was a nervous wreck."
The final four outs lasted about eight minutes, and then the Royals headed off to Baltimore.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Mark Thompson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.