SAN DIEGO -- The Padres have named their Minor League Players of the Month for April.
Lake Elsinore first baseman Lee Orr was named the Hitter of the Month after batting .378 in 22 games in April. He led the California League in hitting and hit safely in all but four games. Orr had a nine-game hit streak in April when he hit .469. Orr was selected in the 13th round in 2011 out of McNeese State.
Right-handed pitcher Burch Smith was named the Pitcher of the Month after going 1-2 with a 1.38 ERA in five starts for Double-A San Antonio. Smith limited hitters to a .163 batting average and struck out 31 over 26 innings. Smith was a 14th-round pick in the 2011 Draft out of the University of Oklahoma.
Lake Elsinore second baseman Cory Spangenberg was named the Baserunner of the Month after he was successful on 13 of 14 attempts in 21 games. Spangenberg was the 10th overall pick in 2011 out of Indian River Community College in Florida.
Fort Wayne first baseman Luis Tejada was named the Defensive Player of the Month after compiling a .991 fielding percentage with two errors in 214 total chances. Tejada was signed as a non-drafted free agent on Jan. 16, 2010.
Forsythe progressing toward return, will jog Wednesday
SAN DIEGO -- Infielder Logan Forsythe has ditched the protective boot he's worn since Spring Training, the one designed to help the plantar fasciitis in his right foot heal.
On Wednesday, he'll put his good foot forward -- well, both of them -- when he jogs for the first time, the first notable step in weeks toward getting back on the field.
"There's nothing you can do but sit and wait," Forsythe said recently when asked how frustrated he is with the injury that's bothered him since late in Spring Training.
Forsythe was placed on the disabled list on March 31, retroactive to March 27. He stood a good chance to make the Opening Day roster before the injury, especially since Chase Headley started the season on the disabled list with a fractured tip of his left thumb.
Instead, Forsythe has been biding his time when he can get back on the field. He's been playing catch to keep his arm in shape and has taken swings in the indoor batting cage, using only his upper body.
That could change soon enough.
"By next week, you could see him in more baseball-related activities," Padres manager Bud Black said.
That would mean taking part in pregame drills on the field -- taking ground balls at various positions in the infield and also taking batting practice, all while being able to place full weight and run on his right foot without pain.
"Hopefully from there, we can slowly progress," he said. "We haven't had any setbacks along the way and it's feeling better each day. By the time the running comes … everything else should come back quickly."
Black, Padres prep for upcoming Interleague games
SAN DIEGO -- Beginning Friday, Padres manager Bud Black will be allowed to add an extra hitter to his lineup, with the team playing the first of five consecutive Interleague road games.
The Padres play three games against the Rays and two more against the Orioles, part of 10 Interleague road games this season that will allow for the team to use the designated hitter.
"It's an opportunity for us to get another bat in the lineup. We like our bats," Black said.
Last season, the Padres didn't get much production from their designated hitters -- .235 batting average with four hits in 17 at-bats with one home run and two RBIs.
Black said that you can expect to see outfielder Carlos Quentin get several starts as the designated hitter as it will allow the team to continue its plan to give Quentin and his surgically repaired right knee a rest from playing in the field.
"We have to manage this for six months," Black said of Quentin's knee.
By using the designated hitter, the Padres will lose one option from their stable of bench players, though Black isn't too concerned about being short-handed.
"The thing with an American League game, with the DH, that guy is pretty stable in there the whole game," he said. "The flexibility you need to have in an NL game, you need extra players and versatile players. The AL game is pretty straightforward."
The Padres play two Interleague road games in Seattle on May 27-28. The team will then play a three-game series in Boston, July 2-4.
• The Padres have signed outfielder/first baseman Johan Limonta, who was playing for York of the Independent Atlantic League. Limonta, 29, was hitting .295 with two home runs and 12 RBIs in 16 games for the Revolution.
Limonta spent seven seasons in the Mariners' Minor League system, reaching Triple-A in each of the last two seasons. Limonta was assigned to Double-A San Antonio to give the Missions a position player in the absence of first baseman Tommy Medica, who is currently on the disabled list with a strained oblique.