SAN DIEGO -- Padres manager Bud Black still won't rule out a weekend trip for Kyle Blanks to Triple-A Tucson. But a more realistic projection for the injured outfielder to begin his rehab assignment is early next week.
The Padres received some good news on Blanks, who tested his injured Achilles on Monday and felt no pain afterward -- only a bit of expected soreness.
"The test isn't necessarily the day of, but it's the day after and the days following," Blanks said. "Today I feel fine. I'm ready to get going again."
Blanks said he'd like to be playing in games in five to seven days. If he returns next Monday in Tucson, he'd probably have a maximum of a week of rehab. (The Triple-A Padres' season ends on Sept. 2, and they are on the brink of being eliminated from playoff contention.)
"I don't know if there's an ideal [number of games]," Black said, discussing the length of Blanks' rehab. "But we want to make sure that he feels good, first of all -- that the heel, the Achilles all feel great."
Blanks, who was placed on the disabled list July 12, has been working with hitting coaches Phil Plantier and Alonzo Powell, even while injured. In fact, the injury has offered Blanks a chance to tinker with his swing midseason.
"He's been working with Phil and Zo, technically, in his stance, his setup and his swing," Black said. "That will help him."
Maybin about two weeks from resuming activity
SAN DIEGO -- The clock is ticking on Cameron Maybin's potential return from the strained PCL in his left knee that landed him on the disabled list June 12.
The Padres center fielder is back in San Diego this week and will get a second opinion on the injury after being evaluated by team doctors on Monday.
Manager Bud Black said there likely won't be another update on Maybin until early September.
"Here in the short term -- short term meaning two weeks -- no baseball activities," Black said. "He's going to remain inside, get his treatment, stay off the knee, let it quiet down, and then we'll see where we are in a couple weeks."
After averaging 142 games for the Padres in 2011 and '12, Maybin has played in just 14 this season. He incurred a wrist injury in mid-April that kept him out until June, when he played just four games before injuring the knee. In 51 at-bats this season, Maybin is hitting .157.
Forsythe filling holes all over for Padres
SAN DIEGO -- It's been quite the month for Logan Forsythe, the Padres' do-it-all man.
In 16 August games, Forsythe has spent time at second base, third base, shortstop, left field, right field and as a pinch-hitter.
"Knowing that I'm probably going to be utilized as more of a utility guy -- it takes a little bit of time to get used to," Forsythe said.
With injuries plaguing the Padres' outfield and Everth Cabrera serving a 50-game suspension, Forsythe has had to be ready for playing time just about anywhere.
"We're challenging him a little bit around the diamond, playing short and playing left and right and third the other day," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He's a guy who the more at-bats he gets, the better performance you'll see, statistically."
In the past three games, Forsythe is 4-for-10, including a pair of hits against Pirates ace Francisco Liriano, who otherwise dominated the Padres on Monday night.