Today the Padres announced that have placed shortstop Everth Cabrera on the 15 day DL and have recalled 1B/OF Jake Goebbert to fill his spot on the roster. This will be Cabrera’s second stint on the DL this season, and Goebbert’s second callup with the big league club.
Cabrera had been held out of the lineup the past 2 games after tweaking the same hamstring, that had previously held him out for a month in the 2-1 win over the Pirates. He then went for an MRI, and the results landed him on the DL once again.
It has been a season long struggle for Cabrera who, like the rest of the Padres lineup, has struggled to produce offensively. He’s been below his career norms across the board, but since returning off the DL he had picked up his play. In the 10 games he played after coming off the DL, he hit .350/.391/.375.
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While it may be a small sample size it has to be tough for Cabrera, who had finally turned the corner on a terrible season, to end up sidelined once again. He has been critical to the Padres recent surge and it’ll be interesting to see how they adjust without that presence at the top of the lineup.
With infielders Chris Nelson and Alexi Amarista already on the roster, a move for another infielder wasn’t necessary. Instead the Padres opted to go with Jake Goebbert, who made his big league debut with the club earlier this season.
Goebbert was acquired from the Oakland A’s along with Ronald Herrera on May 15th for Kyle Blanks. In his first stint this year he hit .250/.333/.354 in 22 games. He was serviceable, but with the return of Yonder Alonso and the great play of Tommy Medica he was expendable and found himself back in El Paso.
In histime with the Chihuahuas this year he’s hit .322/.435/.561 in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League. While those numbers are certainly inflated by the parks he’s played in, it is still nice to see he has been very successful.
Goebbert will join the team tonight in San Diego, while Cabrera will be eligible to be activated on August 25th.