While winning 90 games last season, the San Diego Padres remained remarkably healthy. No such luck this year.
Catcher Nick Hundley is the latest Padre to find his way to the disabled list after straining an oblique (rib cage) during an at-bat Wednesday. Hundley, who was looking like the Padres' likeliest All-Star candidate, joined second baseman Orlando Hudson, who went on the DL earlier this week with a strained hamstring.
Just last week, the Padres learned left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher would have his shoulder scoped and be lost for several months. Meanwhile, starting pitcher Mat Latos opened the season on the DL and has not looked like his old dominant self since he returned. Utility man Eric Patterson also started the season on the DL.
Shortstop Jason Bartlett has missed several games this season with back spasms and it would be no surprise if he doesn't play Saturday night against Arizona; he took a fastball in the ribs in Friday's game that sent him to his knees for a couple minutes.
Hundley's spot was taken on the roster by Kyle Phillips, called up from Double-A San Antonio. He'll back up Rob Johnson, who has been Hundley's understudy.
Hudson's roster spot has been filled by Logan Forsythe, the Padres' top infield prospect. He was promoted from Triple-A Tucson.
If the baseball gods are making up for last year, they're doing it with a vengeance.