Just about an hour ago Jedd Gyorko was pulled in the bottom of the 2nd inning after just one at bat. He'd been down in AAA El Paso for the past 19 days trying to get his swing back together after struggling against right-handed pitchers in the Bigs.
Defensive Substitution: Rocky Gale replaces second baseman Jedd Gyorko, batting 3rd, playing second base.
A last minute lineup shuffle has El Paso catcher Rocky Gale playing second base for the first time since high school.— Tim Hagerty (@tdhagerty) June 28, 2015
Padres fans everywhere waited with bated breath. "What does this mean?" they gasped in unison. Well it meant one thing for sure, moves were afoot.
Just moments ago we received word on Twitter from Dennis Lin of the Union-Tribune that Gyorko would soon be headed back to San Diego.
Looks like the Padres will make a DL move tomorrow. Jedd Gyorko, who started tonight in Tacoma, played just one inning. Headed to San Diego.— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) June 30, 2015
Granted I don't pay that close of attention to what's happening down on the farm, but every time I saw his name mentioned it was because he was doing something spectacular like hitting baseballs to places where no man could reach them.
The Padres are in desparate need of an infielder which is why it surprises me that it took so long to recall Gyorko. On Saturday night Cory Spangenberg suffered a bone bruise on his knee. On Sunday Will Middlebrooks rolled his ankle after tripping on a bat that was left in the batting circle.
Rumors of a Gyorko's return spread like marmalade on toast.
There's a strong possibility the team adds an infielder for depth in the meantime, though that wouldn't be announced until Tuesday. The logical candidate is second baseman Jedd Gyorko, who was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on June 10. Gyorko is hitting .283 with four home runs in 15 games for El Paso.
Now the picture gets clearer, but still we wonder, who's going on the DL? Middlebrooks or Spangenberg?