4/30/2014 11:15 P.M. ET
Everth's April among Padres' all-time best
By Alex Espinoza / Special to MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Everth Cabrera's 33 April hits were the fourth most hits by a Padres player in the season's first month. Only Ken Caminiti (37 in 1996), Dave Winfield (37 in 1979) and Adrian Gonzalez (34 in 2007) registered more for San Diego.
For Cabrera, it's the continuation of the groove he found in Arizona during Spring Training.
"I was working hard in Spring Training," Cabrera said. "I was feeling like I was going to have a better season this year. I'm feeling comfortable at the plate and trying to keep it simple and just trying to hit the fastball. I feel great. My hands, my hand position and my timing. Everything is fine, working together right now."
Manager Bud Black commended Cabrera for his ability to use the whole field from both sides of the plate as a switch-hitter, noting that the shortstop's compact swing has benefited him. But the skipper also offered up some areas for Cabrera to focus on, namely his 27 strikeouts and just four walks.
"For him to maximize who he really is, he's got to increase the walk totals and cut down the strikeouts," Black said. "Those two things we've got to clean up a little bit, but his batting average is fine and with the exception of a couple of miscues in the field, he's playing good defense."
Gyorko rejoins Padres after birth of twin boys
SAN FRANCISCO -- Second baseman Jedd Gyorko rejoined the Padres as a first-time father on Wednesday afternoon, ending his two-game stint on the paternity list. Gyorko's wife, Karley, gave birth to twin boys, Brody and Kadin, on Monday in San Diego.
Making room for Gyorko's return, Tommy Medica was optioned back to Triple-A El Paso for the second time in six days, the latest in what's been a wild week for the infielder.
Gyorko was happy to return to the clubhouse, but it was hard to leave the family so soon.
"I really have a lot of mixed emotions, because it's probably the best thing that's ever happened to me in my life," Gyorko said. "They're in the back of my mind, but it'll be nice to get back out there and get back to baseball. And the was the biggest thing was that we were coming right back [to San Diego], so that makes it nice."
Gyorko was inserted into the starting lineup, batting fifth against Giants righty Tim Hudson. Did Brody and Kadin tune in to watch Dad play?
"We had the games on the last couple nights, but I don't think they were doing a whole lot of watching," Gyorko said. "But they're going to be big Padres fans for sure. It's going to be a big part of their life growing up. I'm looking forward to it."
The Padres received another boost from left fielder Seth Smith, who returned from a right groin strain that he suffered on Thursday. First baseman Yonder Alonso also got a starting nod after being on the bench to start each of the first two games of the series.
"I think he's getting up underneath the ball a little too much," manager Bud Black said of Alonso. "We've seen some fly balls to left, fly balls to center. He's got to get the line drive back into his game."
Roach punctuates big night with first knock
SAN FRANCISCO -- Padres right-hander Donn Roach didn't wait long to get his first hit. In fact, he slapped the first pitch he saw as a big league batter into the right-field gap for a double during Tuesday night's 6-0 loss to the Giants.
A day later, his teammates are still making him wait to get his hands on the prized baseball.
"We have it," Roach said with a laugh. "I haven't seen it yet, but it's somewhere."
While Roach's hit was certainly memorable, it was his strong work in relief that had manager Bud Black beaming after the game. The 24-year-old allowed an unearned run on two hits in a career-high 4 1/3 innings, lowering his season ERA to 2.84 in 12 2/3 innings across seven appearances.
Above all, Black was happy that his top-notch bullpen didn't get worn down despite starter Eric Stults' inability to get through the third inning.
"Donn was a savior, no doubt about it," Black said Tuesday night. "This game really could have got out of hand. We really could have used a lot of bullpen arms if things got tough for Donn. The state of any bullpen is so critical as far as frequency and keeping guys as fresh as possible. Donn did a great job in circumstances where he hasn't pitched a lot. To ask him to go four-plus innings and be as efficient as he was, it was a huge lift for our 'pen."
Despite spending the past two seasons as a starter in the Padres' and Angels' farm systems, Roach has been able to acclimate to his role as a long man.
"It's a learning process," Roach said. "It's rough sometimes, but you do your work on the side and hopefully it shows up."
• Black said outfielder Carlos Quentin (left knee bone bruise) will continue to do baseball workouts in Arizona until flying back to San Diego on Thursday night and preparing with the team at Petco Park on Friday night. If all goes well, he could join righty Casey Kelly (Tommy John surgery) at Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore for a rehab assignment this weekend.
"It's a good possibility they could play together," Black said. "Whether they carpool or caravan, I'm going to leave it up to those two guys. They're grown men. 'Q' does have a Tesla. I think he should use it and Casey should get in there with him."
• Catcher Nick Hundley may have a .324/.324/.500 slash line in 34 at-bats this year, but the Padres are 0-6 on days when he starts. Hundley's catcher ERA (5.10) is also noticeably higher than that of Rene Rivera (2.48) and Yasmani Grandal (3.00).
Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.