Former West Virginia University baseball star Jedd Gyorko is right in the middle of the hunt for the National League Rookie of the Year honor. The starting second baseman for the San Diego Padres is also believed to be a solid candidate to possibly make the All-Star team in his first year in the major leagues.
Gyorko's successful season took a slight detour last weekend. He strained his right groin in Sunday's loss to the Colorado Rockies.
"I thought it was a cramp at first," Gyorko told the Associated Press. "It kind of felt like a cramp when I slid into second. I was able to get off the field, but it really tightened up then. Even up until right about the time the game ended I thought it was still a cramp."
Gyorko is hitting .284 with eight home runs and 25 RBI. No other rookie in the major leagues has a better batting average, as many hits (66), runs scored (36), or total bases (107) as Gyorko. His 17 doubles are tied for the rookie lead and he is second among rookies in home runs and RBI.
Gyorko's rookie season got off to a slow start, but he has been hot lately. He just set the Padres' rookie record for home runs in the month of May with six. That also tied the Padres' rookie record for home runs in any month. All eight of his home runs have come since the beginning of May.
The organization hopes the groin strain is not serious. Gyorko has been placed on the 15-day disabled list although the team is not sure yet if he will be able to return at the end of those 15 days.