COL@SD: Gyorko's single plates one

SAN DIEGO -- Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko got his first day off this season Sunday when manager Bud Black slotted Alexi Amarista into the starting lineup in Gyorko's place.

Black said the day off would give Gyorko, who had played every inning of the team's 16 games thus far, a much-needed breather both physically and mentally.

"I think this is just a day for Jedd to watch a game," Black said Sunday. "I think it will give his mind a little rest, based on a number of factors. We'll put him back in there tomorrow in Milwaukee. It's tough to take him out of the lineup."

Gyorko was coming off a Saturday night in which he went 0-for-3 and was hitless in his last 10 at-bats. In addition, Gyorko has had a lot on his mind recently, having signed a contract extension Monday worth $35 million.

He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning of Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Giants, hitting a lineout, then played the final two innings at second base.

Black gave Gyorko a heads-up that he would get Sunday off after Saturday's game to ensure Gyorko got as much of a mental break as possible.

"We told him last night so he wouldn't worry so much about those at-bats from that game," Black said.

Quentin to head to Arizona at week's end

SD@TEX: Quentin launches a towering shot to left

SAN DIEGO -- Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin will continue his recovery process later this week when he heads to Arizona to get some on-field work at the club's Spring Training facility.

Quentin started the season on the disabled list after injuring his knee making a sliding catch during Spring Training. The bone bruise on Quentin's left knee has kept him sidelined thus far, but has progressed enough to let Quentin take the next step toward returning to the team.

Despite earlier reports that Quentin would head to Arizona on Monday when the club will begin a road trip in Milwaukee, manager Bud Black said the plan was always for Quentin to leave later in the week.

"I think he's going to go on Thursday or Friday," Black said. "He's going to start doing baseball activities over there. He'll go out and practice with that group and do on-the-field drills, batting practice. We have our trainers and therapists over there."

Black added that following some time in Arizona, Quentin will begin a Minor League rehab assignment before rejoining the big league club.

"Probably at some point over there he might even get in some games, maybe DH to get some at-bats there," Black said. "When he goes through that process, then he'll go out on a rehabilitation assignment."