Gyorko uses time off to tinker with swing mechanics

Gyorko uses time off to tinker with swing mechanics

SAN DIEGO -- After getting three consecutive days off to clear his head and work on swing mechanics, Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko was back in the lineup Wednesday against the D-backs.

Gyorko, who has three hits in his first 21 at-bats of the season entering Wednesday's game, has worked closely during pregame sessions with hitting coach Mark Kotsay and assistant hitting coach Alonzo Powell since his last start on Saturday.

"Just a little bit of swing mechanics, nothing major. It's not like I'm going to go out there and you're not going to recognize my stance or my swing," Gyorko said. "Just some small things to clean up. Twenty at-bats is nothing to go crazy about.

"Plus, I think that a lot of it was [Yangervis Solarte] swinging the bat well and going with the hot hand. I completely understand that."

Solarte has six hits in his last four games, with three starts coming at second base.

"We wanted to give him a couple of days to work with Kots and Zo, getting on top of the ball, using the whole field," Black said. "In the [Tim] Hudson game, I saw Jedd trying too hard. Sometimes you've got to take the air out of the balloon, you've got to let a guy exhale."

In the April 9 game against the Giants and Hudson, Gyorko went 1-for-5, and he hit into two double plays.

Gyorko knows about slow starts. He pressed early in the season a year ago, going 14-for-104 (.135) in March and April before landing on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. When he came back from the DL, Gyorko performed better, hitting .260 in the second half.

"I've never exactly started off fast -- even in the Minor Leagues I was a guy who started slow," he said. "It is a position I've been in before and I know I can dig myself out of it. A couple of good games here and there and people won't even notice the slow start."

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.