SAN DIEGO -- When Padres infielder Logan Forsythe first felt some discomfort in his left side 10 days ago in a game against the Mariners, he never envisioned it would have him sidelined so long.
"But I'm not a trainer, either," Forsythe said Friday, smiling.
It was certainly a lot easier for Forsythe to smile on Friday, as he returned to the starting lineup for the first time since May 12 in Seattle. He appeared in three games in-between, although only as a pinch-runner or a pinch-hitter.
On Friday, against these same Mariners, Forsythe was at second base and hitting sixth in the lineup.
"[Head trainer Todd Hutcheson] and his team did a great job," Forsythe said. "They caught it early and it has felt a lot better the past couple of days."
Forsythe, who missed the first 54 games of the season while recovering from March foot surgery, played in eight games before he tweaked his left side against the Mariners.
Forsythe entered Friday's game hitting .273 with four of his nine hits going for extra bases, including a home run on June 5 against the Giants. He figures to see a lot of playing time moving forward, not only playing second base, but possibly some third base and shortstop, too.
For now, he's just happy to be back in the lineup.
"It's baseball, and you're always going to have tweaks like that," Forsythe said. "Hopefully, I'll be able to space them out a little more."
Forsythe went through a high intensity workouts on Tuesday and Wednesday, hitting and fielding, before it was determined that he was ready to return.
"The last three or four days, he wasn't 100 percent," Padres manager Bud Black said. "But now he's at 100 percent."