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Jedd Gyorko (plantar fasciitis) has joined Triple-A El Paso to begin his minor league rehab assignment.

Gyorko has been sidelined since June 4 due to the injury, but has finally begun making tangible progress in his recovery. He is likely to need a lengthy rehab assignment, but could be cleared to rejoin the Padres in early August.

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Jedd Gyorko (plantar fasciitis) began running at the Padres' spring training complex Thursday.

It's the first time he's done so since landing on the disabled list and is obviously a big step as he works his way back from plantar fasciitis. Gyorko remains several weeks away from a return, but he's moving in the right direction.

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Jedd Gyorko (plantar fasciitis) remains several weeks away from a return.

The good news is that Gyorko, according to Padres manager Bud Black, "had a good day" Tuesday as he resumed baseball activities at the team's spring training complex. The second baseman performed throwing exercises, took some swings and tested his injured left foot by running in a pool. "I want to know when he puts his spikes on and runs," said Black. "I've never seen anybody play baseball in a pool."

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Jedd Gyorko (plantar fasciitis) took soft toss cuts Saturday.

Gyorko has been out since early June with plantar fasciitis. He had the boot on his left foot removed Tuesday and has begun his strength and stretching program. The second baseman will move his rehab to the Padres' spring training complex next week and could be ready for minor league rehab games pretty soon.

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Jedd Gyorko (plantar fasciitis) will begin a strength and stretching program after having the boot on his left foot removed on Tuesday.

"I feel human again," Gyorko said after getting the boot removed. There's no timetable for the second baseman's return, but obviously this is a nice step in the right direction. He's been out since early June due to plantar fasciitis.

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Jedd Gyorko (plantar fasciitis) will have the boot on his left foot removed on Tuesday so that he can undergo an exam.

For what it's worth, Gyorko said he's "not letting them put it back on." We'll have to see about that, though. The second baseman has been on the shelf since early June due to plantar fasciitis in his foot, but we should have a better idea as to his timetable after Tuesday's exam.

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Jedd Gyorko (plantar fasciitis) is back in a cast.

Gyorko had the protective boot removed from his left foot Wednesday, but he's simply not progressing as hoped. It's another blow in what has been a very frustrating season for him and the Padres. There's no timetable for his return.

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Jedd Gyorko (plantar fasciitis) had his boot taken off Wednesday.

Gyorko is one step closer to returning form the disabled list. He is still sore and quite a ways from playing, but this is a good sign for the Padres' second baseman.

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Padres manager Bud Black said Tuesday that Jedd Gyorko (plantar fasciitis) is not close to returning from the disabled list.

Gyorko might shed his walking boot on Friday, but Black said that his foot "isn't healing very quickly." The struggling second baseman has been sidelined since June 3 with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

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Padres placed 2B Jedd Gyorko on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 4, with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

Plantar fasciitis injuries can be tricky, so there's no telling how long Gyorko will be sidelined. At the very least, he figures to miss more than the minimum two weeks. The second baseman is off to a horrible start this season, batting just .162/.213/.270 in 56 games.