Tekotte ready to contribute

Tekotte ready to contribute

SAN DIEGO -- With 13 players currently on the disabled list, the Padres have made plenty of roster moves this season.

Triple-A Tucson outfielder Blake Tekotte was prepared in case the Padres called on him. He even had his travel wardrobe ready.

Tekotte received his second call to the Major Leagues this season on Saturday when outfielder Mark Kotsay's lower back strain made him the 13th Padres player to hit the DL. Tekotte started in left field and batted eighth on Sunday in the Padres' Interleague game against the Angels at Petco Park.

Tekotte learned around 2:15 p.m. MST on Saturday that he had to catch a 4:30 p.m. flight from Tucson to Las Vegas to San Diego.

His flight was delayed an hour, and Tekotte arrived at 8:30 p.m. PT in San Diego. He walked into Petco Park after 9 p.m., during the Padres' 3-2 victory over the Angels.

"That's just how it is," Tekotte said. "I'm thankful for it, obviously. It was crazy the way it happened. I was about to get ready to go hit in Tucson, and [Tucson manager] Terry Kennedy came out and said, 'Hey, you gotta pack your stuff. You got a flight in two hours.' So, it was kind of crazy how it happens so quick."

The Padres first recalled Tekotte from Tucson on April 28. He went 0-for-3 in five games before the Padres optioned him to Tucson on May 8. He has hit .283 in 28 games at Tucson. He made his Major League debut with the Padres last season and has hit .162 (6-for-37) in 24 Major League games.

"It was just good to go back there and get some at-bats every day, play every day, kind of get back in the groove," Tekotte said about his time in Tucson. "The past few games have been really good. I've been feeling really comfortable at the plate."