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San Diego Padres' Jedd Gyorko follows the flight of his three-run home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Rafael Betancourt during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Denver. San Diego won 9-5. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Jedd Gyorko starting at shortstop for first time in pro ball

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The Padres’ lineup has a different look for tonight’s game against the Braves, as Corey Brock of MLB.com notes that Jedd Gyorko is making the start at shortstop.

This is notable because Gyorko has never played shortstop as a professional. That’s right, not in the majors or the minors. He has almost exclusively played either second base or third. However, the Padres are looking at alternatives to Alexi Amarista and his .553 OPS, so they are willing to take some chances with their alignment even though it might not be pretty. You might recall that Will Middlebrooks has even made some starts at shortstop this season.

The Padres had a “shortstop of the future” in prospect Trea Turner, but they traded him to the Nationals as the player-to-be-named-later in the three-team Wil Myers deal. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported last month that the Padres tried to get Turner back in a deal for Craig Kimbrel, but obviously nothing came of it. You can bet that shortstop will be on A.J. Preller’s wish list this offseason.

Yu Darvish throws for first time since Tommy John surgery

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 17: Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers looks on from the dugout in the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 17, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
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Yu Darvish won’t be able to help the Rangers as they attempt to secure a Wild Card spot in the American League, but here’s some good news as we look toward 2016.

Darvish underwent Tommy John surgery back in mid-March, so he’s about five months into his recovery. There’s still a long way to go, but the hope is that he’ll be ready to rejoin the Rangers’ rotation early next season. With Cole Hamels now in the fold, that could be quite the 1-2 punch.

Darvish, who just turned 29 on Sunday, owns a 3.27 ERA with 11.2 K/9 over his first 83 starts in the majors.

Rafael Montero shut down after setback on rehab assignment

New York Mets' Rafael Montero pitches against the Miami Marlins in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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The Mets were hoping that right-hander Rafael Montero would be healthy enough to contribute down the stretch as they attempt to secure the National League East crown, but it’s increasingly clear that it won’t happen.

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Montero has been shut down after suffering a setback Sunday during his latest minor league rehab start with High-A St. Lucie. The thought is that he could be done for the year.

The 24-year-old Montero has been sidelined since the end of April with what was termed as right rotator cuff inflammation. Progress has been slow and his status has been a bit of a mystery. Mets manager Terry Collins went to see Montero two weeks ago, apparently in an effort to motivate, but it’s looking like this will be a lost year for him.