3/24/2013 10:03 P.M. ET
Gyorko getting familiar with NL West arms
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Padres infielder Jedd Gyorko will finished among the team-leaders in at-bats this spring, which is a good thing as far as he's concerned.
"I think it's gone well," he said. "I've gained a lot of experience."
It's not just the amount of at-bats, though, but what pitchers he's facing.
Gyorko went into Sunday's game against the Brewers hitting .268 in 56 at-bats, which ties him for the second-most on the team with Kyle Blanks. Alexi Amarista has 59 at-bats.
But for Gyorko, who is expected to be the Opening Day second baseman, he's taken heavy stock in the at-bats he's had against National League West pitchers.
"A big thing for me is seeing a lot of the pitchers I haven't seen before, pitchers we're going to face," Gyorko said. "I've seen [Clayton] Kershaw, [Zack] Greinke, those guys. That's valuable experience. Hopefully that will help jumpstart me for the season."
The Padres play 20 games in the first month of the season against teams from the NL West.
"It's been good because I have an idea of what their pitches look like and maybe how they're going to pitch to me during the season," said Gyorko, noting that he also faced Ian Kennedy of the D-backs recently. "It's go to see those guys in the division. We're going to see those guys four or five times throughout the year. It's good to see them and what they've got."
Headley encouraged with progress of broken thumb
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Exactly a week removed from fracturing his left thumb, Padres third baseman Chase Headley said he was encouraged that the swelling he encountered earlier in the week had all but subsided.
"I don't really have any pain, but then again, I'm not allowed to bend it," Headley said.
Headley sustained the injury sliding into second base in a game against the Angels on March 17. After flying back to San Diego to see a hand specialist, it was determined that he had a fracture toward the tip of the thumb and would be on the shelf between four and six weeks, meaning he'll miss Opening Day on April 1.
On Monday, Headley will likely have an X-ray to determine if the fracture is healing. He's expected to have periodic X-ray tests to check the progress of the thumb.
"Generally speaking, the first week, you're not going to see anything, even if it's started to heal. You probably won't for two or three weeks," he said.
So far, Headley hasn't been able to do much.
"They didn't want me to get my heart rate up because of the swelling, but I played catch yesterday -- well, I didn't play catch, I threw. Someone else caught," Headley said. "But tomorrow, we will start to ramp up the activity level."
Headley said he'll start lifting weights, running and possibly riding an exercise bike to increase his level of cardio. He said there's a chance he could take some one-handed swings in the batting cage.
Vincent to stay in Arizona to continue rehab
PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres continued to thin their big league roster on Sunday, as they released pitcher Freddy Garcia and optioned reliever Nick Vincent to Triple-A Tucson.
The Padres have 39 players in big league camp. The team breaks camp after Thursday's game before heading to San Antonio for two exhibition games against the Rangers.
Vincent, who hasn't appeared in a game since Feb. 28, received good news about the soreness he has had in his lower forearm, which he was told were inflamed tendons. He resumed throwing last week and will remain in Arizona for extended spring training to build his stamina and endurance before he joins a team.
"He hasn't pitched in a month," Padres manager Bud Black said. "This is sort of his Spring Training."
Vincent, who had a 1.71 ERA in 27 games last season, would have likely been in the mix for a spot in the bullpen had he been healthy.
• Left fielder Carlos Quentin (sore right knee) and infielder Logan Forsythe (plantar fasciitis, right foot) each played in Minor League games on Sunday. It was Quentin's fifth Minor League game in the last eight days and played left field for six innings. He went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI double.
Forsythe went 3-for-4 with two singles and a home run. He played three innings at third base, the first time he's played in any type of game since March 7. With Chase Headley (fractured tip left thumb) out for most of April, Forsythe figures to see most of the time at the hot corner if he's deemed healthy enough to make the Opening Day roster.