San Diego, CA- San Diego Padres monday morning activated second baseman Jedd Gyorko from the 15-day DL and placed outfielder Carlos Quentin on the 15-day DL. Quentin exited saturdays game against the Braves with soreness in his left knee.
Quentin has struggled to stay on the field this season for the Padres due to issues with his left knee since spring training. Quentin began the season on the DL with knee soreness and in the 50 games he has played in for the Padres, he has struggled mightily batting only .177 with four home runs and 18 RBI’s.
The Padres were hoping to possibly trade Quentin at the deadline to an American League team needing a designated hitter, as Quentin no longer has the durability to play in the field anymore. Unfortunately Quentin has struggled at the plate and has received little interest on the trade market.
Gyorko has been DL since June 6th with plantar fasciitis and 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 Gyorko 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 home runs 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.