Jason Heyward swings bat, aims for Tuesday return

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Jason Heyward, who has missed five starts because of an inflamed right shoulder, took batting practice Sunday in the cage and said he hopes to return Tuesday against the Astros.

Since the soreness is in his non-throwing shoulder, Heyward has made an appearance as a defensive replacement each of the last three games.  He said he feels he’ll be ready to pinch-hit Monday if necessary.

Struggling with the injury, Heyward was 2-for-28 with no RBI and 13 strikeouts this month before exiting the lineup.

Report: Mark McGwire won’t return to Padres

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MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell reports that earlier this month, Mark McGwire informed the Padres he would be stepping down from his role as the club’s bench coach. McGwire took the job in December 2015. McGwire stepped down because he wanted to spend more time with his family.

The Padres now have three coaching vacancies. Along with McGwire, manager Andy Green will have to replace hitting coach Matt Stairs and infielders coach Josh Jonson as well.

Though no fault of McGwire’s, the Padres have gone 205-281 (.422) over the last three years, peaking at 71 wins in 2017. The Padres, in fact, haven’t had a winning season since 2010 when they went 90-72.