SAN DIEGO -- Trevor Hoffman was rocked for three straight homers and couldn't quit smiling.
Hoffman, the former Padres great, was throwing batting practice to injured Padres center fielder Wil Myers before Wednesday's game against the Mets. Myers, who has been out since May 11 with a sprained left wrist, swung a bat against live pitching for the first time since he landed on the disabled list.
"How did it feel?" Padres manager Bud Black asked Myers.
"Great, what did it look like?" Myers said, giving Black the needle.
Myers, who is hitting .291 with five homers and 19 RBIs, will travel with the team on its two-city, seven-game road trip, which begins Friday in Cincinnati. He'll continue to hit before games, and barring any setbacks could then be sent out for a Minor League rehab assignment.
Black was among those leaning on the batting cage watching Myers punish Hoffman's pitches. One of Myers' blasts landed on the third deck of the Western Metal Supply Co., building down the left-field line.
"That is a really good sign," Black said. "Really encouraging."
Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.