Rookie of the Year candidate Jedd Gyorko has been on the disabled list since earlier this month. He was battling a strained groin. Fortunately, the San Diego Padres may not have to wait much longer to get him back. Gyorko has made significant progress in his rehab and could return as early as this weekend says Jamal Collier of MLB.com.
2B Jedd Gyorko will play a couple of rehab games in the Minors before rejoining the #Padres. If all goes well he could be back this weekend
— Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) June 24, 2013
Gyorko's return is significant to both the league and the Padres specifically. Gyorko is in the running for the National League Rookie of the Year award. He may be falling behind others, but his return could help propel him back toward the top. So far this season, Gyorko is hitting .284/.341/.461 with eight home runs. He's been impressive to say the least.
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As for the Padres, they are fighting to stay above .500 in the National League West and maintain their surprising position as contenders. Gyorko could give them a nice offensive boost. With their win last night, San Diego moved to 39-38 on the season. They are just 3.0 games behind the first place Arizona Diamondbacks.
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