SAN DIEGO -- A pair of ailing Padres each took a significant step in their recoveries on Thursday afternoon.
Center fielder Cameron Maybin hit in the cage for the first time since injuring his right wrist on April 15, and infielder Logan Forsythe took batting practice on the field for the first time since he had the protective boot removed from his right foot.
The Padres aren't yet sure what the next step is for Maybin, but they were encouraged by the fact that he didn't feel tentative taking swings. Maybin said the session went "way, way better" than he expected.
"I'm excited," Maybin said. "It's tough watching, but it's also been great watching how great the team has been playing. I'm eager to get back in the mix."
Maybin struggled significantly in the first two weeks of the season, hitting just .091 in 33 at-bats. He sustained the injury making a difficult catch in a game against the Dodgers.
Forsythe, meanwhile, has been out of action since Spring Training and spent more than a month in a boot because of plantar fasciitis. Along with taking BP, Forsythe also took ground balls pregame.
"He's on the field doing baseball activities stuff, so he's on the way back," manager Bud Black said. "He's on the mend."
Forsythe was placed on the DL on March 31, retroactive to March 27. Maybin was placed on the DL on April 17 and has dealt with wrist problems in the past.
He said he expects some soreness to linger in the wrist, but nothing he can't deal with on the field.
"There's going to be a point where I'm going to have to play through some pain," Maybin said. "You realize that and you go with it, and after the season, take care of what you need to take care of."
Quentin out of lineup to attend birth of son
SAN DIEGO -- Carlos Quentin was not in the lineup for Thursday's game against Washington because he was at the hospital for the birth of his first son, Clark.
Both Quentin's wife and son are in good condition after the birth. Padres manager Bud Black joked that he didn't know the specifics about height and weight, but did have a scouting report about the newest member of the Quentin family.
"He projects as a two-sport guy, football and baseball," Black said.
Alexi Amarista remained in the lineup, playing center field after going 3-for-5 with two doubles and a home run in Wednesday's 8-4 victory over Baltimore.
Richard to take one more rehab start before return
SAN DIEGO -- Padres left-hander Clayton Richard tossed six innings of one-run ball Thursday night for Triple-A Tucson against the Iowa Cubs. He threw 85 pitches -- 64 strikes -- in his first rehab start since he was placed on the disabled list with an intestinal virus earlier this month. He struck out eight batters and walked none.
Before he makes his return to the big league club, Richard will pitch another rehab game in Triple-A on Tuesday in Omaha, Padres manager Bud Black said.
"He feels good about where he is right now, how his arm feels and how he feels physically in general, from the whole bad virus he contracted," Black said.
Richard has struggled this season to the tune of an 0-4 record and an 8.54 ERA in six starts. During his time on the disabled list, he worked on his mechanics, making sure his arm angle was more over-the-top.
"He feels comfortable, he's taken to it," Black said. "He feels as though he's got better action down on his sinker -- not horizontal, and I think his slider has better spin."
• As a fellow San Diego State alum, Black said he roots for Nats starter Stephen Strasburg on nights when his club isn't facing the right-hander.
"I do have a soft spot for former Aztecs, absolutely," Black said. "Tonight will not be one of those nights, but I pull for him in those other games that he does start -- especially against National League West teams."
• Right-hander Burch Smith said he plans to mix in a few more curveballs in his next start on Friday night. Smith guessed he threw 90 percent fastballs during his time in the Minors, but his heater-heavy strategy backfired in his debut on Saturday, when he allowed six runs in an inning-plus against the Tampa Bay Rays.
• Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel, who will begin his sophomore season at Texas A&M in the fall, was on hand Thursday night to throw out the first pitch.
AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.