Padres activate catcher Nick Hundley from disabled list

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Out for the past month with a strained oblique muscle, Nick Hundley has been activated from the disabled list and will resume starting behind the plate for the Padres.

Hundley hit .263 with three homers and a .758 OPS in 27 games prior to the injury, which is downright Ruthian compared to how Rob Johnson and Kyle Phillips have fared splitting time at catcher in his place.

Johnson hit .129 while starting 19 times and Phillips hit .228 while starting 12 times, contributing to the Padres ranking dead last in scoring.

Diamondbacks, T.J. McFarland avoid arbitration

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.

McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).

McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.