6/30/2013 1:47 P.M. ET
Blanks' influence strong in Padres' good June
By Joe Morgan / MLB.com
MIAMI -- Despite his last name, Kyle Blanks has been anything but a hole in the Padres' lineup.
Entering Sunday, he was batting .284 (29-for-102) with five home runs, 18 RBIs, seven doubles and 16 runs scored in 26 games during June.
"Some of it's a product of consistent at-bats," Blanks said. "I think a lot of it's just when I've been getting good pitches to hit, I haven't missed too many of them."
Even in a performance like his 0-for-4 night with three strikeouts in Saturday's 7-1 loss to the Marlins, Blanks took advantage of a good pitch from Jacob Turner.
Leading off the top of the second, Blanks sent a 1-2 curveball to the deepest part of Marlins Park, flying out to the warning track in front of the center-field wall that stands 481 feet away from home plate.
While Blanks came up empty against Turner, good swings like that do not become outs in most Major League ballparks.
"Especially at this level, when you see those mistakes, you know you definitely need to be put in play and put in play hard," Blanks said.
But Blanks' influence has extended beyond June. San Diego is 26-19 with the 26-year old in the starting lineup at various positions and 14-22 without him.
Padres manager Bud Black identified Blanks as a key cog in San Diego's recent hot streak. The club boasts the third-best record in the Majors since April 24 at 35-26.
But Blanks was quick to share credit, chalking up the Padres' success to the team's strong clubhouse attitude.
"The chemistry we have as a team plays a huge part," Blanks said. "Everyone here roots for everybody else. Everyone here truly does get along and really likes to come in here every day and play together.
"It's something you can't buy, and it's not easy to cultivate, but I think teams like this, just everyone in here doing their part is a big reason why we've been so successful."
Gyorko to begin running before setting return
MIAMI -- The Padres are taking a cautious approach with injured second baseman Jedd Gyorko, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin.
Gyorko will be back on the field Monday to do some running. He took swings and fielded grounders prior to Saturday night's loss to the Marlins.
He said Saturday that his leg was getting better.
"As far as any short-term plan, we're going to wait and see how the next few days unfold as far his leg," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "We're going to run him [Monday], see how he's doing.
Gyorko experienced right leg tightness in a rehab game with Double-A San Antonio on Wednesday while trying to stretch a first-inning single into a double.
While the pain Gyorko felt last week with the Missions was not nearly as severe as what he felt when he sustained the right groin strain June 9 in Colorado, San Diego did not want to risk further injury to the rookie second baseman.
"There's no definitive plan for Jedd playing any games soon with the next handful of days," Black said. "We've got to get the leg back to feeling obviously 100 percent, because we don't need to see what happened last week. We don't need to see that happen again."
Padres might get back Cabrera's speed vs. Boston
MIAMI -- Shortstop Everth Cabrera is inching closer to rejoining the Padres.
Cabrera went through a light workout Sunday and will join Class-A Fort Wayne this week for a rehab assignment.
If Cabrera avoids complications or setbacks with the Tincaps, he could be activated in time to join San Diego in Boston.
"He's doing well," manager Bud Black said. "He is really getting there. ... He's probably three or four or five days away from a Padre game, but he's getting real close."
Cabrera's return will provide added strength to the San Diego lineup. He leads the team with a .305 batting average, a .382 on-base percentage, 37 runs scored and 31 stolen bases.
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.