The spring began with speculation that Jedd Gyorko could play his way into the Padres starting lineup via second base, a position he hadn't played regularly in the minors until playing there in about one-third of his games in 2012. I broke down the Padres second base situation in February, determining that:
Unless Logan Forsythe can turn things around against right-handed pitching, he's destined for a utility role, and Gyorko will be knocking on the door, taking advantage of the PCL to put up inflated numbers. With a good spring, he could be the Padres Opening Day second baseman, but either way, he should be up by the start of summer.
Well, Gyorko didn't knock anybody's socks off this spring, hitting .286/.308/.508 in regular playing time between second base and his more natural third base position, but thanks to a strong track record and injuries to two starters, it looks like Gyorko will crack the Padres starting lineup. The only question at this point, is at what position.
The first door opened for Gyorko when Headley fractured his thumb. Headley will be out until the middle of April, allowing Gyorko to slide back to his more familiar position at third base for the time being. But now, as Corey Brock of MLB.com reports, Forsythe is dealing with foot pain and could land on the disabled list as well, which opens a second door at second base.
For Gyorko, this means he is going to get at least two weeks of at-bats in the majors, likely at third base with Alexi Amarista getting the starts at second. Headley is due back a few weeks into the start of the season, but there's currently no timetable on Forsythe, who is dealing with plantar fasciitis.
Forsythe hadn't played in a spring training game since March 7th when he played three innings on Tuesday and left due to injury. That's not a good sign, especially when dealing with a foot injury that has a history of nagging and hanging around unless surgery is involved. It's possible that Forsythe misses substantial time (at least more time then Headley), opening up a door for additional at-bats for Gyorko even after Headley's return.
Gyorko's bat is needed in the Padres lineup, especially with the injury to Headley and Yasmani Grandal's suspension. He probably won't put up the crazy offensive numbers he's put up in the California and Pacific Coast Leagues, but he should hit enough to profile as an above-average offensive second baseman.