MILWAUKEE -- Yonder Alonso missed 34 games with a broken bone in his right hand, returning to play three games before the All-Star break.
At that point, the Padres first baseman was faced with a choice: Fly back to his hometown of Miami to see friends and family, or stay in San Diego with hopes of finding the swing that served him well before the injury.
In the end, Alonso remained in San Diego, working out daily during the All-Star break while many of his teammates were getting a little rest and relaxation before the second half.
"For me, it was about getting a lot of repetitions with my swing, which is why I didn't go home," Alonso said. "It was hard to miss a month and a week. But I worked every day on my swing.
"The way I looked at it, I owe that much to my teammates."
Alonso said working on his swing during the break allowed him to come out swinging a hot bat in the second half. He reached base four times on Tuesday and -- in a small sample size -- had a .381 average and a .458 on-base percentage in the first six games of the second half.
"I'm making progress right now, and I feel we're heading in the right direction," Alonso said of his swing.
Alonso was hitting .284 with six home runs and 29 RBIs in 190 at-bats before he suffered a break on top of his hand when he was hit by a pitch by Aaron Loup of the Blue Jays on May 31.
Gregerson not thinking about being traded
MILWAUKEE -- Reliever Luke Gregerson saw it happen in 2009, when the Padres traded Jake Peavy to the White Sox on July 31.
Two years later, the Padres traded another pitcher, Mike Adams, to the Rangers just before the non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Could Gregerson, one of the top relievers in the National League since 2009, be on the move between now and Wednesday?
"Honestly, I don't even think about it," Gregerson said. "I'm living for today, and I'm here with this team right now. I like playing with this group of guys, I like playing for this team. I really enjoy being here. I'm going to keep doing that until they come to me and tell me that they made a trade."
The Padres are listening to offers on any number of their players, but Gregerson is believed to be getting the most hits from teams looking for bullpen upgrades.
Since his rookie season (2009), Gregerson is tied with Adams for the most holds in baseball (120). He has a 2.90 ERA, and only three other relievers with more than 300 appearances since 2009 have a lower ERA than Gregerson -- Jonathan Papelbon (2.71), Brad Ziegler (2.70) and Tyler Clippard (2.68).
Gregerson also has the second-best inherited-runs-scored percentage (20.5) in baseball in that stretch, trailing only Randy Choate (19.2).
The Padres are looking for a starting pitcher -- one they could control beyond 2013 -- to help fortify the rotation now and into the future.
As for Gregerson, he's essentially paying no attention to the rumors swirling around him. He intends to keep it that way, too.
"It's something you see every year. Teams move players around to try to get the best team you can. You don't see too many guys stick around in one place that long," he said. "For me, I'm not going to worry about it or think about it."
Big league action not likely for Luebke, Wieland
MILWAUKEE -- Pitchers Cory Luebke and Joe Wieland, each recovering from Tommy John surgery performed a year ago, are unlikely to appear in a Major League game this season.
San Diego manager Bud Black said Luebke and Wieland will still have opportunities to pitch during this calendar year, though it would have to come in instructional league, the Arizona Fall League or winter ball.
Luebke, who had reconstructive surgery on his left elbow on May 23, 2012, has had several stops-and-starts along his rehabilitation route. He just recently started throwing -- not pitching -- off the mound. Luebke told MLB.com this month that he was aiming to pitch in a game, big league or Minor League, before the end of the season.
"I hope like heck I can," he said.
The problem is the Minor League season ends on Sept. 2, meaning there would be no games for him to pitch in order to build his stamina and arm strength.
Wieland, who had surgery on his right elbow last July 27, had progressed well to the point where the team had mapped out a tentative plan for him to start a Minor League rehabilitation assignment. But Wieland recently had a triceps strain and his throwing program was slowed.
Black refuses to call either case a setback. He often cites the 12-to-18-month window that it takes for a pitcher coming off Tommy John surgery to recover and get back in a game.
That said, Black indicated that it's still important for Luebke and Wieland to get into a game -- even if it's instructional league or otherwise -- if they're able to.
"I think it's important for all of us to have them, if able, pitch in a game," Black said.
• Outfielder Cameron Maybin, on the disabled list since June 12 with a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, could head from San Diego to the team's temporary Spring Training facility in Arizona this weekend to increase his baseball activities as he works toward getting in games. His work in Arizona will likely center on batting practice and outfield drills. He hasn't played in a game since June 9.