Padres recall Vincent from Triple-A

Padres recall Vincent from Triple-A

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres recalled pitcher Nick Vincent from Triple-A Tucson on Thursday and optioned reliever Anthony Bass to Tucson.

Vincent received the phone call from Tucson manager Pat Murphy late Wednesday, after he went out to dinner with his girlfriend, which he said shocked him a little.

"I've been throwing the ball well, but at the same time, anybody can be called up at any time, so I didn't think I deserved it more than anyone else," Vincent said. "But I'm just going to take advantage and go with it."

Vincent had pitched all season with Tucson, but could have started the year with the Major League club had he not developed an inflamed tendon in his lower right forearm near the end of Spring Training.

Vincent said it took nearly the entire first month of the season to really get his arm strength back. He went 4-3 with a 4.15 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 20 appearances. Vincent had a 1.80 ERA in his last 10 appearances.

San Diego manager Bud Black said he liked how Vincent had been pitching during his past few appearances, which led him to recall the 26-year old right-hander. Vincent pitched well for the Padres 2012, going 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 27 appearances.

"In comparison to some of the other guys [at Triple-A], Nick had pitched well," Black said.

For Bass, he will get a chance to work on some adjustments with his mechanics in Triple-A. He'll serve as a starter, but that's just to allow him to get more innings. He's posted a 4.55 ERA in 31 2/3 innings this season, and Black said he wants him to work on his consistency.

But Black thought it was most important for Bass to take a step back.

"I think I noticed a little bit of a frustration level with Anthony, maybe just a little bit of a confidence thing, that I think we needed to halt and get him back on track," Black said.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.