Hudson returns, Scribner optioned

Hudson returns, Scribner optioned

Hudson returns, Scribner optioned
SAN DIEGO -- Second baseman Orlando Hudson was back in the lineup on Thursday, and fully recovered from the strained right hamstring he suffered on May 3 when rounding second base.

The Padres placed Hudson on the 15-day disabled list the following day.

With Hudson back in the lineup and hitting seventh, the Padres sent reliever Evan Scribner back to Triple-A Tucson.

Hudson missed 13 games while on the disabled list, and said on Thursday that he was eager to get back to playing, though he did enjoy his two Minor League rehabilitation games with Tucson on Sunday and Monday.

"It brings back memories, man," Hudson said. "Brings back a lot of good memories. You know, you don't forget where you come from, but you forget how it was. But times change a lot. Guys have better ballparks now, crowds are getting bigger."

In two games and four at-bats with Tucson, Hudson went 3-for-4, with two doubles and an RBI. He scored four runs and walked three times. He went 0-for-1 with two walks at Lake Elsinore, the Padres' Class A affiliate.

Hudson said he "felt great."

The 33-year-old probably didn't need the entire 15 days to return to full form, but Padres manager Bud Black said putting Hudson on the disabled list was the right move.

"You can hold an injured player back two, three, four games. But if you get past seven days, eight days and you're playing short, it's tough," Black said. "When you have to make that decision, you don't have a crystal ball to know when a player is going to be healthy. So in most cases, you do the correct thing: Place him on the DL, so you know when he comes back, he's fully recovered."

Now that Hudson is fully recovered, Black is happy to get his starter back.

"We need all our guys. But the guys we projected to get most of our at-bats, we need healthy and on the field," Black said. "That's the main thing; he's a good player, so we need him back."

As for Scribner, Black said he has encouraged the 25-year-old to continue to work on what got him to the big leagues.

Scribner was primarily a closer at Tucson. He threw 11 innings with the Padres over six appearances, and allowed three earned runs and 10 hits.

It was Scribner's first taste of the big leagues, and Black suspects he'll be back sooner, rather than later.

"I suspect that, in time, if we have to make a move, hopefully he's pitching well in Tucson, and when we ask our people ... that he's the guy they'd recommend to come back," Black said.