6/28/2013 7:24 P.M. ET
Cabrera in good spirits en route to return
By Joe Morgan / MLB.com
MIAMI -- The Padres have not set a timetable for Everth Cabrera's return to the lineup, but the shortstop and the club seem in good spirits about his progress.
Cabrera, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 19 with a hamstring strain, ran Friday and is close to beginning a rehab assignment.
"We're going to stay on top of this hamstring as best we can moving forward," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "He's doing well. He's encouraged."
Cabrera said Friday: "I feel really good right now. I feel like I can play the game. I'm probably like 80 percent."
Cabrera said he was 70 to 75 percent Thursday.
The 26-year-old is eligible to return to the Padres while the team is in Boston to face the Red Sox next week. However, Black said Cabrera would go through a rehab assignment before rejoining San Diego's lineup.
Cabrera said he had been working on running the bases and getting his confidence back while monitoring his progress.
Padres option lefty Layne, recall righty Smith
MIAMI -- The Padres optioned left-hander Tommy Layne to Triple-A Tucson and recalled right-hander Burch Smith from Tucson in a corresponding move Friday before the opener of a four-game series against the Marlins.
The roster move brings an end to Layne's third stint in the Majors this season. He is 0-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 7 1/3 innings of relief.
Smith, who earned his third promotion to San Diego in two months, hopes to improve on his previous performance in the Majors. He will join the bullpen as a long reliever.
"Burch is going to help supplement our bullpen," manager Bud Black said. "He gives us another arm that has some length to it."
"It's always good to be up here," Smith said of his return to the Majors. "It's definitely where you want to be."
Smith was first recalled from Tucson on May 11 and struggled in three starts, posting an 0-1 record with an 18.41 ERA in 7 1/3 innings. He was optioned back to Tucson on May 22.
The Padres again recalled Smith on June 8, but the 23-year-old did not make an appearance for San Diego before he was optioned back to Triple-A on June 10.
"I tried to tone it a little bit more maybe in the first inning instead of trying to throw the ball as hard as I can," Smith said of what he worked on in the Minors. "Just relax and try to pitch a little bit more and save that for an out pitch or focus more on location."
Smith began the season on a high note at Double-A San Antonio, where he was named the Padres' Minor League Pitcher of the Month in April after compiling a 1.38 ERA in five starts.
Layne returns to Tucson, where the 28-year-old is 1-3 with a 4.03 ERA in 24 appearances.
No timetable for Gyorko's return after setback
MIAMI -- Injured Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko rejoined the team and was examined by team trainers before Friday night's game against the Marlins.
He left the first game of his rehab assignment with Double-A San Antonio on Wednesday two innings after experiencing right leg tightness when trying to stretch a first-inning single into a double.
Gyorko was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 10 with a right groin strain.
"I kind of felt it when I was rounding first," Gyorko said. "I kind of pulled up a little easy, went back on the field [for defense] and could feel it a little bit, so I pulled myself out just to make sure i didn't do anything worse."
Padres manager Bud Black said there was no timetable for Gyorko's return. While Gyorko's leg tightness was some cause for concern, the rookie second baseman did not appear too concerned with the issue.
The discomfort he felt Wednesday was far less severe than the pain he experienced when he initially sustained the right groin strain in an 8-7 loss to Rockies on June 9.
"He doesn't feel anything like it did when he had the initial injury in Colorado, so that's a good thing," Black said. "His appraisal was it's not as bad as it was initially. [Team trainer Todd Hutcheson]. is going to treat it, but he didn't have anything real profound to say."
Gyorko said: "It's not nearly as bad as it was in Colorado, so I guess, if anything, it's good. It doesn't seem as bad."
Logan Forsythe has been solid in Gyorko's absence, compiling a .274 batting average, eight runs scored and nine RBIs in 16 games before Friday. But Black was concerned with the setback sustained by one of the best bats in his lineup.
Despite missing 16 games in June, Gyorko ranked second on the team with 36 runs scored, tied for second with eight home runs and second in batting average (.284) among Padres with at least 150 at-bats through Thursday.
"That was a little bit discouraging that he reinjured it a little bit," Black said.
Before experiencing the tightness, Gyorko felt confident he would return soon. The second baseman said he felt "great" before experiencing the leg tightness.
"I ran full speed at home before I left," Gyorko said. "I ran the bases 100 percent. It felt great in [batting practice]. It felt great catching ground balls before the game. Obviously, I wasn't expecting it to do anything."
• The Padres announced Friday they had signed 2013 Competitive Balance Round B selection outfielder Jordan Paroubeck (69th overall) and 28th-rounder Jace Chancellor, a right-handed pitcher. First-rounder Hunter Renfroe, a right fielder out of Mississippi State, is the only unsigned Draft pick among San Diego's top 19 selections.
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.