San Diego, CA- San Diego Padres RHP Robbie Erlin and 2nd baseman Jedd Gyorko will begin working out today with the San Diego Padres rookie ball affiliate at their spring training complex in Arizona according to Corey Brock of Padres.com.
Gyorko has been DL since June 6th with plantar fasciitis and began to take steps towards returning by taking batting practice last Saturday with the team.
Gyorko has struggled to get going this season and has the lowest batting average among qualifying players in baseball at (.162) on the season. In 56 games has only 5 home runs and has struck out 56 times in 221 at bats. The Padres signed Jedd Gyorko to a five-year $35 million contract extension in April, mainly based on how well Jedd Gyroko performed last season when he hit .249 with 23 home runs and 63 RBI’s. Jedd Gyorko finished second behind Robinson Cano for the most homeruns among Major League second baseman last season. Jedd Gyorko also became the first rookie second baseman to lead his team in home-runs and RBI’s in a single season. Hopefully his time off the past month will help him recover from his season-long slump.
Erlin has been out with elbow soreness since May 22 and was having a decent season for the San Diego Padres before landing on the DL. Erlin in his eight starts is (3-4) with a 4.53 ERA.
Corey Brock also reports that neither player will be back before the All-Star break and according to manager Bud Black
“We’ll get them through this week and then reconvene about what they’re doing.”