Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/28/12
Yasmani Grandal's 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy has given Nick Hundley the opportunity to relaunch his catching career. It was Hundley's terrible 2012 that triggered Grandal's sooner-than-expected promotion to the San Diego Padres. Grandal made the most of his chance. Hundley was hitting .166 last June 29 when he was optioned to Class AAA Tucson, swapping roster spots with the then 23-year-old, switch-hitting Grandal, who hit .297 with eight homers and 36 RBI over 60 major league games. However, Grandal tested positive for testosterone during a random test in September, and he will not be eligible to make his 2013 debut until May 28. Grandal's suspension leaves Hundley and John Baker as the Padres' two available catchers with major league experience. "You only get so many shots," Hundley said recently. "This is a big chance for me." Hundley's 2012 season was an across-the-board disaster. He went hitless in his first 21 at-bats. Ju...
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