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Gyorko to begin rehab stint on Wednesday

SAN DIEGO -- Injured second baseman Jedd Gyorko will play two rehab games with Double-A San Antonio starting on Wednesday. The Padres chose to let him rehab there because of its proximity to Florida, as the Padres begin a three-game series against the Marlins on Friday.

"If he comes out of those feeling well, and his leg has handled the two games we play him, there's a high probability that he'll be activated for the [Miami] series," said Padres manager Bud Black.

The Padres won't focus much on Gyorko's numbers at the plate, but rather how he handles playing in a game. The rookie was hitting .284 with eight home runs when he went to the disabled list on June 10 with a right groin strain.

"Two weeks away from an at-bat … that's not really a big deal for a guy like Jedd," Black said. "We're much more concerned with how he feels physically and how he's moving around second and on the base paths."

Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for
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