SAN DIEGO -- The July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline might be over a month away, but the Padres are well into their preparations for potentially adding a pitcher to bolster their starting rotation.
"I think we're spending our time and energy talking about it," said Padres general manager Josh Byrnes. "This is a good team, but there's areas we'll try to improve on. I've spent a lot [of time] on the phones, getting our scouts in the right places, talking through scenarios."
The Padres entered play Wednesday with the second-highest ERA among starting pitchers (4.61) in the National League. Only the Brewers' starters (4.98 ERA) have struggled more.
The Padres have been linked to Matt Garza (Cubs) and Ricky Nolasco (Marlins), though both players will be eligible for free agency after the season. The Padres' preference, in a perfect world at least, would be to add a pitcher the team could control beyond 2013.
"As with most teams, we're not going to be totally short-term focused," Byrnes said. "We still have to balance the short term and long term. Giving up prospects is a big deal to us and getting a player back who might only be here half the year … we've got to balance all of that out."
Gyorko leaves rehab game with leg tightness
SAN DIEGO -- Second baseman Jedd Gyorko, who is on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment with Double-A San Antonio, left Wednesday's game as a precaution after feeling tightness in his right leg. The Padres said Gyorko will continue to be evaluated.
Gyorko has been on the disabled list since June 10 with a right groin strain. He was to play two games in San Antonio before rejoining the Padres on Friday in Miami, where he was to be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list.
Gyorko had a hit in his first at-bat Wednesday, but felt tightness trying to stretch the hit into a double. He remained in the game on defense for two innings before taking himself out of the game.
The Padres are off on Thursday before opening a four-game series on Friday against the Marlins.
Padres send down Brach to make room for Erlin
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres roster roulette continued on Wednesday, though there are signs the revolving door to the clubhouse might stop spinning soon.
The Padres officially added left-handed pitcher Robbie Erlin to the roster in time to make a start against the Phillies on Wednesday at Petco Park.
To make room for Erlin, the Padres optioned right-handed reliever Brad Brach to Triple-A Tucson. Brach, who began the season on the 25-man roster, was recalled from Tucson on June 23.
Brach appeared in two games since his promotion, tossing 1 2/3 scoreless innings in the first two games of this series against the Phillies.
It's been a busy week for Padres relievers -- past and current.
On June 22, the team recalled relievers Anthony Bass and Brad Boxberger from Tucson. After pitching that night, they were optioned the next day as Brach and Miles Mikolas joined the team. On June 24, Mikolas returned to Tucson as Tommy Layne joined the team.
Petco to host 2013 Perfect Game All-American Classic
SAN DIEGO -- The 2013 Perfect Game All-American Classic, one of the premier high school baseball games in the country, will take place in San Diego for the sixth time in the past seven years.
Representatives from Perfect Game, the Padres, Rady Children's Hospital and the San Diego Hall of Champions announced on Wednesday that the game will be held on Aug. 11 at Petco Park.
"To celebrate youth baseball is really a priority for the San Diego Padres," said Padres president and chief executive officer Tom Garfinkel.
This year will be the first time the Perfect Game All-American Classic will be broadcast on MLB Network. It will feature three players from local high schools, marking the fifth consecutive year that more than one person from San Diego has been named to the team.
"This may be the finest trio of San Diegans," said Brad Clement, a representative at Perfect Game.
Alex Jackson is a catcher, outfielder and third baseman at Rancho Bernardo High School and is Perfect Game's No. 1 prospect in the U.S. He is committed to Oregon in 2014.
Jackson is joined by pitcher/outfielder Brady Aiken and third baseman/shortstop Sean Bouchard, who are from Cathedral Catholic High School. Perfect Game rates Aiken as the No. 1 left-handed pitcher in California and Bouchard as the No. 3 third baseman. Aiken and Bouchard are both committed to UCLA in 2014.
Sixty-seven players that have appeared in this game have eventually appeared in the Majors, including Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin. The three players also help out at Rady Children's Hospital.
"It means a lot," Bouchard said of the experience. "Playing with the best players in the nation, and also everything that Perfect Game and Rady Children's Hospital does with going to see the kids and giving back to our community. I think that's also a major part of the game.
"It's a lot of fun going out and playing another game and having a good time."
• Shortstop Everth Cabrera, on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, took ground balls, hit and ran in the outfield before Wednesday's game. The intensity level, according to manager Bud Black, was about 75 percent. The team is hopeful Cabrera can rejoin the team on Tuesday in Boston.