Jedd Gyorko’s 2013 season has been a huge bright spot for the San Diego Padres. His bat is a substantial part of the Padres attack and when he went down with a groin injury the Padres began to miss him. Logan Forsythe sprang onto the scene in his first game back with a couple of hits, a homer a few runs accounted for. That seemed to be a huge lift for the team but it hasn’t continued past that first game. Make no mistake the Padres miss Gyorko badly.
He was batting .285 with 8 homers, 25 RBI and 36 runs scored when the Padres placed him on the 15-day disabled list. So far there is little hint as to when he will come back but Bud Black and the Padres understandably want it to be just as soon as those 15 days are up. With a groin injury you never know how it will react. It was a great move to put him down to keep more damage from being done.
That same fact is why his return is unsure though as you don’t want him coming back too soon and turning a simple strain into an all season ordeal that robs the Padres of his production for longer than a couple of weeks. The National League West is a marathon this year; far from a sprint. The Padres are only 4.0 games back right now and they need all the production they can get from even their second baseman.
No offense to Forsythe because he is a fine player. Gyorko is just the guy for the Padres and you can see why as Forsythe has hit a little since that first game back but has driven in or scored zero runs. Gyorko is very productive and that can win and lose games which can win and lose playoff chances. The sooner Gyorko comes back completely healthy, the better.