SAN DIEGO -- The Padres announced Saturday that second baseman Jedd Gyorko and pitcher Robbie Erlin will take the next step in their injury rehabilitations next week by working out with the club's rookie team in Peoria, Ariz.
Padres manager Bud Black confirmed that Gyorko and Erlin will report to Peoria on Monday and "get back into baseball shape," as a precursor to their upcoming rehab assignments, while the big league squad concludes the first half with a seven-game road trip to Colorado and Los Angeles.
Gyorko has been out since June 6 with plantar fasciitis, but resumed hitting in the cage Saturday for the first time since his injury, doing soft toss and tee work.
"He'll be under the guidance of our coaches [in Peoria], taking some grounders and batting practice," Black said.
Erlin landed on the disabled list May 22 with elbow soreness, but was scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday in San Diego before heading to Peoria on Monday.
There is no still no set timeline for either player's return, but both will certainly be out until after the All-Star break.
"We'll get them through this week and then reconvene about what they're doing," Black said.
Black makes pitch for Padres' All-Stars
SAN DIEGO -- Manager Bud Black said he recently had a conversation about the Padres' viable All-Star Game candidates with Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, who will preside over the National League team.
Black wouldn't get into the details of their conversation, but you can be sure he stumped for his guys -- even if some of them didn't need any additional support.
"We have some viable candidates for sure," Black said Saturday before the Padres faced the Giants in the second game of a three-game series at Petco Park.
On Sunday, the Padres -- and the rest of baseball -- will discover who is headed to the All-Star Game as the rosters are announced.
San Diego closer Huston Street, who converted his first 23 save opportunities and had a 0.87 ERA this season before blowing a save in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Giants, appears to have the best chance, but Black said there are others who merit consideration.
"Joaquin Benoit has [had a good season] and you can make a case for [outfielder Seth Smith] a little bit, too," Black said.
Benoit, in his first season with the team, has a 1.23 ERA in 36 games as the eighth-inning specialist and hasn't allowed a run since May 11, a stretch of 19 scoreless innings.
Smith, who agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $13 million Wednesday, is hitting .278 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Will Laws is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.