SAN DIEGO -- Logan Forsythe was held out of the lineup again on Monday due to a left abdominal injury, but the Padres infielder says the soreness is dissipating.
Forsythe has missed two games due to the injury but did pinch-run and scored the winning run on Sunday in Oakland. While he said his availability is likely still limited to pinch-running, he's getting closer to being able to return to full capacity.
"It's still day to day, but I think I'm available," Forsythe said. "Probably more running than hitting."
Manager Bud Black felt confident in Forsythe's recovery process and planned to have the infielder test the injury prior to Monday's game against Texas.
"He's getting better every day, he's getting closer," Black said. "We're going to put him through the paces today, and hopefully he'll be able to do some things on the field with the bat and the glove."
Forsythe also missed the first 54 games of the season after having surgery on his left foot in Spring Training. He is hitting .290 with four extra-base hits in 10 games since being recalled from Triple-A Tucson.
"I've been through enough injuries," Forsythe said. "I just have to get my treatment and get back out there. I'm only good if I'm healthy."
Padres sign compensation Draft pick Eflin
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres on Monday signed right-handed pitcher Zach Eflin, the team's second overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.
San Diego selected Eflin in the first compensation round of the Draft, using a pick they received when Heath Bell signed with Miami.
Eflin, the 33rd overall pick, pitched for Hagerty High School in Oviedo, Fla. The 6-foot-6, 215-pounder went 7-0 with a 0.51 ERA and was a first-team All-Central Florida selection. He had been in San Diego over the weekend taking a physical.
Having already locked up their first-round pick, left-hander Max Fried, the Padres have now signed their top two picks and 32 of 44 selections made in the Draft.
Teams have until July 13 to sign their picks.
Wieland progressing, throws on flat ground
SAN DIEGO -- Starting pitcher Joe Wieland continued his recovery from a strained right elbow by throwing from flat ground prior to Monday's game.
Manager Bud Black said Wieland is progressing and soon may be ready to throw from the mound.
"He's feeling better," Black said. "He's going to throw on the side, but he's not ready for the mound yet. He's progressing toward the mound."
Wieland has been on the disabled list on May 10 and was 0-4 with a 4.55 ERA in five starts before suffering the injury.
Tim Powers is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.