Still, Gyorko seems to indicate the injury wasn't the main reason he struggled offensively last season. He hit .210 with 10 home runs in 111 games.
"I think I maybe put a little too much pressure on myself," Gyorko said, per MLB.com. "We were struggling as a team. And I think all of us, not just myself, felt like we needed to come up with that big hit to get us going. It's hard to hit when you put that kind of pressure on yourself."
Gyorko missed nearly two months of games last season due to the foot injury, but once he returned, his numbers began to improve. He hit .260 with a .347 on-base percentage over his final 55 games.
"He was better. I think he started making some adjustments, some mechanical, some at-bat to at-bat in terms of pitch selection," manager Bud Black said. "Before, you saw him chasing pitches up in the strike zone and also sliders away. I think that a lot of that was him wanting to be aggressive and wanting to help the team."
The Padres are expecting better results from Gyorko in 2015, especially with a revamped lineup that includes Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Derek Norris and Will Middlebrooks.
"We saw in 2013 what Jedd can be, and I think there's more to Jedd based on 2013," Black said. "I think last year there were a lot of factors that went into his season that he expected or adjusted to, but that is something he's hopefully learned from. It's a tough game. You've got to work and stay on top of it. In that regard, I think he learned a lot."
Gyorko has recorded at least one hit in 10 straight games, extending what's been a very good second half after struggling early in the season and missing an extended period of time on the disabled list. He has hit .272/.346/.426 with five home runs and 27 RBI in 169 at-bats since the All-Star break after hitting .162/.213/.270 in the first half.
Gyorko has been limited to pinch-hitting duties over the last few days while dealing with a hamstring injury. He owns a .199/.255/.332 line with nine home runs and 44 RBI in 292 at-bats.
Gyorko was able to appear as a pinch-hitter Monday, and though he doesn't think that guarantees him a spot in the lineup Tuesday, he is hopeful.
"It is a good sign, but it was more a process of elimination than anything – there was no one left on the bench," Gyorko said. "But we're getting there. We'll see how it feels, but I should be in there tomorrow."
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|9/28/2014 vs San Francisco|
|vs San Francisco||28||3||0||.194||.143||.107|
|vs Heston (Career)||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2010||AFX-Fort Wayne TinCaps||42||162||19||46||11||0||2||23||19||31||1||0||.366||.389||.284|
|2011||AA-San Antonio Missions||59||236||41||68||12||0||7||40||26||50||1||0||.358||.428||.288|
|2011||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||81||340||78||124||35||2||18||74||38||64||11||3||.429||.638||.365|
|2012||AA-San Antonio Missions||34||130||18||34||4||0||6||17||17||27||1||1||.356||.431||.262|
|2013||AA-San Antonio Missions||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||--||--||0||0||1.000||1.000||1.000|
|2013||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||2||7||2||4||1||0||0||1||--||1||0||0||.571||.714||.571|
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