CINCINNATI -- The Class A Lake Elsinore Storm, the Padres' affiliate in the California League, had the day off on Monday, which afforded catcher Eddy Rodriguez some down time.
Rodriguez spent part of the night watching the Padres' game against the Reds on television and saw the play in the second inning when San Diego catcher Yasmani Grandal strained his right oblique muscle on a swing.
A few hours later, Rodriguez's phone rang with the word that he was to fly to Cincinnati on Tuesday to join the team.
"It was an interesting call, but probably one of the best of my life," Rodriguez said. "Since then, it's been a crazy ride."
Rodriguez, 26, arrived before Tuesday's game as a replacement on the roster for Grandal, who he said is a good friend and like him, a former catcher for the University of Miami.
Rodriguez was beaming as he stood in front of his locker. It's been a long climb for a player who was first drafted by the Reds in 2005 and began his professional career in '06 -- a career that included stops with independent league teams before he signed with the Padres as a Minor League free agent prior to 2011.
"Baseball has its way of working things out," Rodriguez said, smiling.
Rodriguez was hitting .223 with 13 home runs and 36 RBIs with the Storm. Nick Hundley, who is on the disabled list with Triple-A Tucson nursing a hamstring injury, would have likely been the choice to join the Padres on Tuesday, but he's not quite game-ready.
When Hundley is ready, he'll likely rejoin the team. The Padres could have promoted Jason Hagerty from Double-A San Antonio and put him on the 40-man roster, but then when Hundley is ready to join the team, the Padres would have had to expose him to a waiver claim.
"Eddy's a guy who can catch and throw, and he showed well in Major League camp [in Spring Training]," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He was exposed to our coaches and to our pitching staff."
Taking precaution, Padres place Grandal on DL
CINCINNATI -- A day after he suffered a strained right oblique muscle, Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal landed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.
He's hopeful that he won't need any more time than the allotted 15 days on the DL before he can start playing again.
"It feels much better," Grandal said on Tuesday. "They were expecting me to feel sore today and I don't feel sore at all."
Grandal suffered the injury in the second inning taking a swing in his second plate appearance of a five-run inning of what became an 11-5 victory over the Reds.
The Padres recalled catcher Eddy Rodriguez from Class A Lake Elsinore. With Grandal out, John Baker becomes San Diego's primary catcher.
"These things are tricky," Padres manager Bud Black said of oblique injuries. "A lot of times ... players might not feel discomfort, but the injury is still there. We wanted to nip this in the bud, give it rest and give it treatment."
Grandal is hitting .312 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in his first month in the big leagues. And while he understands the team wants to take it slow with his injury, he's already itching to return.
"We've got something going on here, our lineup seems like it's going real well," Grandal said. "But they are [the team] trying to take care of my career. They want me to get strong now."
Trade Deadline passes quietly for Padres
CINCINNATI -- Chase Headley didn't spend the final minutes leading up to the non-waiver Trade Deadline hovering over his phone or huddled around a television in case there was news of a deal.
Instead, the Padres' third baseman was immersed in a game of cards with teammates inside the visitors' clubhouse at the Great American Ball Park when the 1 p.m. PT Deadline passed.
When he finally walked over to his locker, he sat down and then popped up again to check his phone. No message, no trade. It was business as usual.
And for that, he couldn't have been happier.
"You get tired of hearing about it and you want to have closure," Headley said of trade rumors. "Now ... at least you know where you're going to be."
For Tuesday, that was starting at third base and batting third in the second game of a four-game series against the Reds.
This marked only the second time since 2004 that the Padres haven't made a trade on July 31. The last time was '08.
"We weren't getting the value back that was necessary to make a trade," Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said of not making any trades Tuesday. "We were pretty focused on a short list."
For Headley, who leads the Padres in just about every relevant offensive statistic, he never wanted to get traded in the first place. After all, this is the organization that drafted him out of the University of Tennessee in 2005.
"It's not easy to go out and play with that in the back of your mind," Headley said. "But it seemed like it [trade rumors] got a lot of legs. You try not to pay attention to it but it's unavoidable. It was everywhere ... it wasn't a whole lot of fun."