Just when the San Diego Padres’ needed some extra firepower, two of their key components in their lineup could possibly return tonight for the series finale with the San Francisco Giants in the Bay Area. Infielder Jedd Gyorko, who has missed the past two games after being placed on the paternity list, should be back in the starting lineup tonight. His wife recently gave birth to twin boys.
The other impact bat that is still somewhat of a question mark and will be a game time decision, is outfielder Seth Smith. He has missed each of the past five games due to a slightly pulled groin suffered last Thursday while the Padres were in Washington D.C for a series with the Nationals. Smith was able to participate in batting practice Tuesday before the game, and was available to manager Bud Black as a pinch-hitter. If Smith continues to heal and feel he can go, expect to see him penciled in as the starting left fielder against San Francisco Wednesday night.
Gyorko is hoping to turn around a season-long slump upon his return to the team. In 26 games this season, and roughly 90 at-bats, he is hitting .144, 1 home run, 9 runs driven in, and 9 walks. Smith is hitting .273 with 2 home runs, 7 RBI, and 9 runs scored. He’s played in 22 games, and has had 66 at-bats. The return of both men help the Padres underperforming offense, one that is on pace to be the worst in franchise history.