Padres News: Jedd Gyorko sent to AAA El Paso

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Struggling second baseman Jedd Gyorko has been sent down to AAA by the San Diego Padres. He was sent down prior to Wednesdays game and relief pitcher Nick Vincent was summoned from the minors.

Somewhat of a surprise as Jedd Gyorko was widely considered the second baseman of the future. He was given an extension after a solid rookie year in which he had a .249/.301/.444 batting line with 23 home runs. The six-year, $35 million dollar deal has turned out to be a heavy burden on the Padres.

Jedd Gyorko was hitting .210 this year with only two homers. He figures to consistent at bats in the minors and hopefully he can regain some confidence.

Corey Spangenberg appears to have settled as the every day second baseman.  Spangenberg has terrific speed and is has flashed some great skill at the plate. At this point the Padres feel Spangenberg is a better fit for the team. He should remain to get most of the at bats at second base, with Yangervis Solarte getting a few starts now and then for the Padres.

Nick Vincent was brought up as the Padres are short bullpen wise. Joaquin Benoit and Brandon Maurer are both not available for Wednesday’s game in Atlanta. Vincent provides added bullpen depth for the last two games of the series.

Wil Myers figures to be activated in time for Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. A relief pitcher will be sent down once Myers is activated. The Padres are doing a bit of a roster shuffle, as they try to find the winning combination both in the line-up and in the bullpen. There will surely be more moves down the road for the team. A trade is very likely as well. Who really knows what players this team will consist of come late July.

Jedd Gyorko might have played his last game as a San Diego Padres player. That might be the best for the young second baseman. The organization has clearly lost confidence in him and a new beginning might jump-start his career.

Nobody can argue that Gyorko doesn’t have ability, he just needs an opportunity and a little consistency. If Gyorko can find his bat a deal could possibly be consummated. His hefty contract will be an issue and ultimately the Padres might have to eat some of the contract to move him.

It’s really a sad day that Gyorko was sent down. I always appreciated his hard work and exceptional work ethic. Sometimes it takes a little luck to stick in the big leagues. As a player, you have to be in the right situation at the right time. For Gyorko, that situation and time wasn’t now. 

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