CHC@SD: Gyorko fields sharp grounder, fires for out

SEATTLE -- The walking boot that second baseman Jedd Gyorko has worn since going on the disabled list on June 6 with plantar fasciitis in his left foot could come off as soon as Friday.

But San Diego manager Bud Black said Tuesday that Gyorko is still a long ways off from returning to the field.

"He's not even close to coming off [the disabled list]. He's still in a mode of shutdown. He's very limited activity," Black said. "The foot isn't healing very quickly, so it's going to be a while before we see Jedd."

At the time of the injury -- which didn't occur because of one specific incident -- Gyorko was hitting .162 with five home runs and 24 RBIs. He hasn't played in a game since June 3, but he still leads the team in RBIs (24). Chase Headley is second in RBIs with 23.

"Jedd's a good player. He had a very tough two months to start the season," Black said. "... Our faith in Jedd is very strong, and it's tough that he's not in our lineup. When he's going well, he's a very productive offensive player."

Renfroe among farmhands to receive promotions

Top Prospects: Hunter Renfroe, OF, Padres

SEATTLE -- Two notable prospects will be on the move this week for the Padres when the second half of the Minor League season begins.

First-round pick Hunter Renfroe, is being promoted from Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore to Double-A San Antonio on Wednesday. Renfroe, an outfielder, was the 13th overall selection in the 2013 Draft.

Speedy outfielder Mallex Smith, who leads all of professional baseball in steals (48), will move from Class A Fort Wayne to Lake Elsinore. Smith was a fifth-round pick in 2012.

Renfroe will play in the California League/Carolina League All-Star Game on Tuesday. Smith will play in the Midwest League All-Star Game, which will also be played Tuesday.

Renfroe was hitting .295 with a .565 slugging percentage, 16 home runs and 52 RBIs in 278 at-bats. He also had 21 doubles and three triples. He is the Padres' No. 5 prospect, according to MLB.com.

"He had a great first half in Elsinore," said Padres vice president of player development Randy Smith. "The thing that I was very pleased with is he cut down on the strikeouts, the average came up and he carried that into June.

"I'm anxious to see what he does in the Texas League. He's a tremendous talent and he knows how to drive in runs."

Smith, 21, hit .295 with a .393 on-base percentage in the first half for Fort Wayne. He scored 56 runs in 65 games and was caught stealing 16 times.

"Mallex has matured, and he understands his part of the game -- getting on base and scoring runs," Randy Smith said. "... That's what a good leadoff hitter does. He has tremendous speed and still has a lot to work on, but he needs to move up at this point."

Right-handed pitcher Trevor Gott will move from Lake Elsinore to San Antonio as well. Gott, a sixth-round selection in the 2013 Draft, had 16 saves and a 3.16 ERA in the California League.

"He's got a big arm and he's started using his secondary stuff more," Randy Smith said. "It's a good opportunity for him to move up a level. I think he's going to have to make more consistent pitches down in the zone moving forward."

Vincent: Mechanics may have led to DL stint

CHC@SD: Vincent begins the 1-6-3 double play

SEATTLE -- Reliever Nick Vincent is anxious to get on a mound again, but more important, he's ready to get back to San Diego to get looked at by the team doctors.

Vincent landed on the disabled list last week with what the team termed as right shoulder fatigue. He's not to the point where he's playing catch yet, but he hopes to get some answers when the team returns to San Diego late Tuesday.

"There's not a whole lot you can do until you get to the doctor and have him check you out. Until then, there's no sense worrying about it," Vincent said.

Vincent said he was dealing with a bit of a sore elbow last month, and the fallout might have led him to drop his arm angle. That could have led to the shoulder fatigue, he said.

"I really don't know if that put more stress on the shoulder or not," Vincent said. "But me and [pitching coach Darren Balsley] watched video and the arm slot looked a little lower. We tried to get it back up, but we couldn't."

After posting a 1.50 ERA in April, Vincent's ERA ballooned to 4.50 in May and then 30.38 in four outings in June before he landed on the disabled list on Sunday, retroactive to Thursday.