"There were a couple of tough plays early in the year that I still probably should have made," he said.
Since then, and after extensive side work with third-base coach Glenn Hoffman, who handles working with the infielders, Gyorko has improved dramatically. Going into Monday's game against the D-backs, Gyorko had two errors in his last 24 games.
Better still, in the team's last homestand, he made several fine plays, ranging far to his left to get balls that appeared destined for right field, only to turn them into outs.
"The work with Hoffy has been more just concentrating on making the routine play," Gyorko said. "The tough plays, a lot of times they're coin-flips."
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.