May 28, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko (9) hits a single during the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
If there can be good news taken from the fact that Jedd Gyorko is on the disabled list, it’s the fact that his walking boot is scheduled to come off as early as Friday. Gyorko has been on the disabled list since June 6th, suffering from painful plantar faciitis. Whether his struggles during the 2014 campaign can be directly attributed to the injury, or if the injury came on just in time to prevent a demotion to Triple-A, only the organization knows for sure. Padres’ manager Bud Black recently told Corey Brock of MLB.com:
"“He’s not even close to coming off [the disabled list]. He’s still in a mode of shutdown. He’s very limited activity,” Black said. “The foot isn’t healing very quickly, so it’s going to be a while before we see Jedd.”"
When he went on the disabled list, Gyorko was hitting only .162, along with 5 home runs and 24 runs driven in. This on the heels of being given a 5-year, $35 million dollar extension. Some are now questioning whether this was a smart move given the short sample size of his young career.
"“Jedd’s a good player. He had a very tough two months to start the season…Our faith in Jedd is very strong, and it’s tough that he’s not in our lineup. When he’s going well, he’s a very productive offensive player.”"
The Padres are in the midst of arguably their worst offensive season in their franchise’s history. They rank at or near the very bottom of almost every single hitting category not only in the National League, but all of baseball. Gyorko has come under fire along with several other prominent Padres’ hitters for their lack of production. For having been on the DL for most of June, Gyorko still leads the team in RBI, which is all anyone that doesn’t follow the Padres needs to know about the hitting futility.