SAN DIEGO -- Yonder Alonso is moving closer to returning from the disabled list after seeing a specialist on Monday.
The first baseman received scans and X-rays, and they showed that the bone in his right hand seems to be healing fine. Alonso could have the splint removed from his hand by the end of the week.
Alonso has been on the disabled list since June 1 with a right hand contusion suffered when he was hit by a pitch there on May 31. The Padres are hoping he can start baseball activities by next week.
"Start playing some catch and doing some strength exercises, and from there, maybe get in the batting cage," Padres manager Bud Black said.
Alonso's return would add a huge presence to the middle of the Padres' order. Alonso is hitting .284 with 54 hits and 29 RBIs.
Bullpen shuffling continues as Layne recalled
SAN DIEGO -- When starter Clayton Richard left Friday's game with an injury after throwing only two pitches, the Padres' bullpen was left to pick up the slack and throw all nine innings. The club has been trying to replenish its 'pen ever since.
The Padres made another roster move on Monday, the third consecutive day involving the bullpen, recalling left-hander Tommy Layne from Triple-A Tucson. In Monday's 4-3 win in 10 innings over the Phillies, Layne pitched to one batter, Chase Utley, and allowed a solo homer in the eighth inning to give Philadelphia a 3-0 lead.
The move comes just 10 days after Layne was sent down to the Minors. In six games for the Padres this season, he is 0-1 with a 1.59 ERA with four strikeouts.
The corresponding move sent righty Miles Mikolas back to Tucson. Mikolas was recalled prior to Sunday's game, but he did not make an appearance. Mikolas was in his first stint with the Padres this season after making his debut last season.
Since Saturday, the Padres have had recalled or optioned five different relievers -- Brad Boxberger, Anthony Bass, Mikolas, Layne and Brad Brach.
Andrew Cashner helped give the bullpen some rest by going eight innings on Sunday. That gave some time off to relievers such as Joe Thatcher, Luke Gregerson and Dale Thayer -- who have ranked among the leaders in appearances in the National League.
None of the three pitched the past two days, but Gregerson threw two-thirds of an inning on Monday and Thatcher got one out in the 10th for his third win of the season.
Gyorko to play rehab games before return from DL
SAN DIEGO -- If all goes well for injured second baseman Jedd Gyorko, he could rejoin the Padres this weekend in Miami.
Gyorko is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, but manager Bud Black said the rookie will play one or two rehab games in the Minors before that.
"I think it's probably wise that we get him out to make sure that the groin is fine," Black said. "That he can withstand playing a ballgame and all that's entailed about getting loose, taking batting practice, playing in a couple games before the big league level."
Gyorko strained his right groin running the bases during a game on June 10 against the Rockies. On Monday he hit, took ground balls and ran the bases, all without pain.
The Padres haven't decided whether Gyorko would begin his rehab assignment on Tuesday or Wednesday.
"We're working through the scenario of getting Jedd out to play in a Minor League game or two, and then from that point on we'll see how his leg is doing," Black said. "Then we'll make a determination whether he joins us when we're on the road."
Gyorko's return will give the Padres one of the best hitters in their lineup back. Gyorko is hitting .284 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs, and he had a .325 average in nine games in June before getting hurt.
Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.