SAN DIEGO - It has only been six weeks since Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal has reconstructive surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, though that hasn't stopped him from thinking about Spring Training.
Isn't that a little soon, especially for a surgery that typically requires nine to 12 months of rest, recovery and rehabilitation?
"Some guys recover faster than others," Grandal said Saturday.
Grandal said he's ahead of schedule in terms of his rehabilitation and that he's already doing strength exercises for the knee that include squats and leg presses. On Saturday, he was scheduled to ride a stationary bike for 35 minutes.
"I can't wait to start running," he said, smiling.
Grandal hasn't played since July 6, which was the day he suffered a nasty injury to his knee while he protected the plate as Anthony Rendon of the Nationals took out his legs attempting to break up a double play, a play that everyone deemed as clean.
Grandal had surgery a little over a month later. The surgery was performed by orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, who performed similar surgeries on Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson and Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
"It's coming along really well," Grandal said. "I'm expecting to play ... no matter what they say. I know I'm going to be able to do something [in Spring Training], I'll definitely be running, cutting, catching drills."
Grandal's main concern, as a catcher, is getting the knee strong enough to withstand squatting for an extended period of time.
"If I can do that, it's a piece of cake," Grandal said. "But the big deal is staying down there for prolonged periods of time."
Despite Grandal's optimism, the Padres are taking a wait-and-see approach and aren't willing to put a time frame on if and when Grandal might be ready for Spring Training.
"I'm cautiously optimistic about him being ready for a great deal of activity in Spring Training," said San Diego manager Bud Black. "My advice to Yazzy is to stay on the timeline of the rehab program."
Grandal was suspended for the first 50 games of the season for elevated levels of testosterone. He came back to the team on May 28 and hit .216 with one home run and nine RBIs in 88 at-bats.
It was a far cry from the impression he made in 2012, when he hit two home runs in his first start and hit .297 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs in 192 at-bats.
Forsythe will rest foot before deciding on surgery
SAN DIEGO -- Padres infielder Logan Forsythe, who has been limited to five at-bats since Sept. 5 because of pain in his right foot, is still hoping to avoid surgery to fix a nagging case of plantar fasciitis.
But Forsythe acknowledged on Friday that surgery would the only possibility if his foot hasn't recovered enough from a month of rest and immobilization in the same protective boot he wore this past spring.
Forsythe will recieve cortisone shots in San Diego a day after the season ends and then will wear a protective boot to let the foot heal.
If the foot hasn't healed after a month or so, then surgery will be considered, Forsythe said. But in most cases, surgery isn't required for plantar fasciitis. He suffered the injury in Spring Training, but then it got better after rest. It started to bother him in recent weeks.
"A couple weeks out of the boot, we'll test it," Forsythe said.
Forsythe has mostly been used as a pinch-hitter of late and he's delivered two big RBI singles in victories over the Braves on Sept. 13 and Pirates on Sept. 18.
Going into Saturday's game, Forsythe was hitting .219 with five home runs and 18 RBs in 210 at-bats.
• Closer Huston Street tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday to record his 32nd save in 33 chances. Street has now converted 24 consecutive save opportunities, the second-longest streak of his career. Since joining the Padres at the beginning of the 2012 season, Street is 55-for-57 in save opportunities; good for an MLB-leading 96.5 percent save percentage.