San Diego was confident when it signed second baseman Jedd Gyorko to a five-year, $35 million extension last April but the organization may have acted too quickly. Gyorko is off to a slow start offensively in 2015, and according to Chris Jenkins of The San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres have optioned Gyorko to Triple-A El Paso.
Gyorko, 26, has posted a .210/.282/.311 batting line through 46 games this season. He has contributed two home runs and nine RBIs and is coming off of a 2014 campaign during which he batted .210/.280/.333 to complement ten home runs and 51 RBIs.
Before the Padres opted to demote him, Gyorko was receiving little playing time. He ultimately lost his starting job to Cory Spangenberg but San Diego was quick to lock Gyorko up after he posted 23 home runs and 63 RBIs in his first major league season. Gyorko has not appeared in consecutive games since May 19 and 20 and only batted six times to this point in June. He batted .279 in May but Padres Manager Bud Black opted to remain with Spangenberg at second base.
Although the Padres made the decision to option Gyorko, he may not be in Triple-A for long. He remains a key part of San Diego's future and is due $4 million in 2016, $6 million in 2017, $9 million in 2018, and $13 million in 2019.
In the corresponding roster move, the Padres recalled right-hander Nick Vincent . Vincent will provide relief help after the club's bullpen was taxed in Atlanta. He posted a 6.14 ERA over seven games with the Padres earlier this season but posted a 3.32 ERA in Triple-A.
San Diego is expected to activate Wil Myers on Thursday, Jenkins adds, and as a result will have to make another roster move heading into the weekend.