San Diego hopes to extend its lead in the NL West as it continues a three-game series against the Houston Astros at Petco Park.
The Padres have won four straight and seven of nine to move into sole possession of first place in the NL West despite losing one of their top hitters.
“Anytime you lose not only your cleanup hitter but your hottest hitter, it’s tough to replace,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “You just hope that you pick it up throughout your lineup.”
Nevin will miss up to three weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Monday.
“I feel 100 percent better today than I did when I left yesterday just because it was locked yesterday,” Nevin said. “It’s just amazing what they can do now.”
Doctors shaved a loose flap off the articular cartilage and smoothed fraying of his meniscus.
The Padres first baseman was placed on the 15-day disabled list and replaced on the roster by outfielder Xavier Nady, who was recalled from Triple-A Portland. Nevin was hitting .294 and leading the Padres with 14 homers and 53 RBIs. His 10-game hitting streak was snapped on Saturday.
Ryan Klesko, who went back to left field this year, will replace Nevin both at first base and as the cleanup hitter. Klesko singled in the go-ahead run with one out in the eighth inning and Brian Lawrence outlasted Roger Clemens to lead San Diego to a 2-1 win over the Astros on Monday.
Clemens was facing San Diego for the first time in his career, and held the Padres to three hits and one run in seven innings. He struck out six and walked four.
The Astros have lost two straight to fall 7 1/2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the AL Central.
Houston will send unproven starter Pete Munro to the mound on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old hurler will make his fifth start of the season. Munro has given up eight combined runs over his last two starts, a span of 10 1-3 innings.