PHILADELPHIA -- Orlando Hudson had one regret about the play he made Thursday against the Marlins that resulted in his running into a padded wall in foul territory down the first base line.

"I wish the wall would have moved," Hudson said Monday. "Damn wall didn't budge."

The second baseman was all smiles Friday before the Padres began a four-game series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, though he still had a slight headache and soreness in his shoulders after Sunday's incident.

Hudson is expected to miss a few games.

"Hopefully, he progresses to the point where he's comfortable playing," Padres manager Bud Black said. "It could have been worse."

Hudson briefly lost consciousness after his inning-ending grab of a ball that Omar Infante hit down the first base line in the seventh inning.

Hudson was able to catch the ball on a diving attempt, but his momentum carried him into the padded wall that, as it turned out, wasn't padded nearly enough for his liking.

"I did see darkness," Hudson said of being unconsciousness.

Hudson left the game on a stretcher and with a neck brace on as a precaution. He and the Padres head trainer, Todd Hutcheson, stayed in Miami after the team charter departed for Philadelphia.

Hudson had a precautionary examination at a Florida hospital and x-rays on his neck were negative. He and Hutcheson were able to take a later flight Sunday to Philadelphia.

"I feel pretty good," Hudson said. "We've got the best training staff in baseball and in all sports."

Hudson said that he appreciate the support he got, not only from his teammates but also from the Marlins and others around the game.

"I appreciate the guys coming around and checking on me. I appreciate the Marlins fans, too. Quite a few of their [Marlins] teammates called to check on me," Hudson said.

Blanks not thinking about elbow after callup

PHILADELPHIA -- It's been nearly a year since Padres first baseman/outfielder Kyle Blanks had reconstructive surgery on his right elbow.

"For the most part, it's felt fine. I'd be lying if I said it felt great all the time. I've got a good deal of strength back," Blanks said. "I don't really think about it anymore."

Blanks certainly has better things to think about, especially after joining the Padres on Friday in Philadelphia. He was added to the Major League roster when rookie first baseman Anthony Rizzo was optioned to Triple-A Tucson.

Blanks was hitting .351 in 34 games in Tucson, with 11 home runs and 35 RBIs, after he started the season with Double-A San Antonio, playing left field and first base.

Between the two stops, the 24-year-old Blanks is hitting .312 with 15 home runs, 52 RBIs and a .382 on-base percentage.

Blanks, the Padres' starting left fielder on Opening Day in 2010, saw his season cut short when he had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on July 30.

Blanks is a .212 hitter with 13 home runs and 37 RBIs in 250 at-bats with the Padres over parts of 2009 and 2010.

He started slowly with San Antonio this season but implemented some mechanical advice that hitting coach Tom Tornincasa gave him.

"I hadn't seen live pitching in almost a year. I was trying to get comfortable in the box ... trying to find something that worked," Blanks said. "I was working with Tom down there and he brought me in and told me to go slow and bring my bat up where I was comfortable."

Blanks played his last game with Tucson on Wednesday and was at the plate when a game against Tacoma was suspended because of rain.

"I stepped out because I couldn't see," Blanks said. "When I stepped out, their catcher said to the umpire, 'C'mon man.' We got off the field and then it started falling hard. It happened so fast they couldn't get the tarp on."

Everth Cabrera, who was optioned back to Tucson late Tuesday, assumed Blanks' at-bat and grounded into a double play, which was credited to Cabrera. But since Blanks had two strikes on him, if Cabrera had struck out, Blanks would have been given a strikeout.

San Diego manager Bud Black said he would use Blanks in a variety of ways: At first base, left field, as a pinch-hitter or as part of a double-switch.

Baxter claimed off waivers by Mets

PHILADELPHIA -- Outfielder Mike Baxter was claimed off outright waivers Friday by the Mets.

Baxter was on the 60-day disabled list and was on a rehabilitation assignment with Class A Lake Elsinore after having surgery on March 28 to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.

Baxter, 26, injured his thumb in a Cactus League game against the Angels as he attempted to make a diving catch on a ball hit by Alberto Callaspo.

Baxter was hitting .278 in 11 games with Lake Elsinore.

The Vanderbilt product was picked by the Padres in the fourth-round of the 2005 Draft.

He made his Major League debut for the Padres last September, getting one hit in nine at-bats after hitting .301 with 18 home runs, 72 RBIs and 89 runs scored in 136 games for Triple-A Portland.