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Friday, July 11, 2014

Padres Injury Update: Jedd Gyorko starts running

By on 7/11/2014 06:00:00 PM

The San Diego Padres enter a weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a record of 40-52, third in the National League West. Although fourth in the league in team ERA, the Padres are woeful offensively, ranked 30th in batting average, runs scored, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. A key component missing from the offense is Jedd Gyorko, although struggling this year, was an offensive force as a rookie. The good news is that he is progressing in his recovery from plantar fasciitis.

Our own Raymond Bureau reported on July 2 that Gyorko,  who has been on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis, removed the protective boot from his left foot and was starting a strengthening and tendon stretching program.

An update on Gyorko, as reported by Corey Brock of, is that he took batting practice, fielded ground balls and ran without any limitations. The workout on Thursday was his most intensive yet and Gyorko was pleased with the results.
"I put on the cleats and ran and had no pain at all. Today was an important day. I took BP and grounders and moved around and felt good."
Gyorko will stay in Arizona until Sunday, then head back to San Diego and on to Class A Lake Elsinore to continue his workouts.  His next examination will be sometime mid-week in San Diego.

Gyorko batted .249 with 23 home runs and 63 RBI as a rookie last season. He's struggled this season, batting just .162 with five home runs and 24 RBI, in 56 games this season. Gyorko's also struck out 56 times in 204 at bats. His on-base percentage and slugging percentages are a dismal .213 and .270, respectively.

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