Gyorko begins workouts at club's Arizona facility

Gyorko begins workouts at club's Arizona facility

LOS ANGELES -- For a few hours Thursday afternoon, Jedd Gyorko took batting practice, fielded ground balls and ran without restriction under the scorching Arizona sun.

He felt like, Gyorko said, a normal baseball player again.

"I kind of forgot what that was like," Gyorko said by phone.

On the disabled list since June 4 with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, Gyorko had his most comprehensive workout on Thursday at the team's Spring Training facility in Arizona, a session that included running for the first time.

"I put on the cleats and ran and had no pain at all," Gyorko said. "Today was an important day. I took BP and grounders and moved around and felt good."

Gyorko will remain in Arizona until Sunday, when he'll fly back to San Diego and then head to the team's Class A affiliate in Lake Elsinore to continue his workouts. He will return to San Diego sometime mid-week to be examined by the team doctors.

But for now, so far, so good.

"Today was an important step," he said. "We'll keep ramping it up from here."

Gyorko was hitting .162 in 204 at-bats with five home runs and 24 RBIs before heading to the 15-day DL on June 6, retroactive to June 4.

Gyorko had a big rookie season for the Padres, hitting 23 home runs, 26 doubles and 63 RBIs in 125 games last year.

Corey Brock is a reporter for Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.