Padres’ Everth Cabrera May Return In AZ This Weekend
San Diego Padres’ shortstop Everth Cabrera is taking the final steps necessary to get back on the diamond. According to Michael Lananna of MLB.com, Cabby may return as soon as Friday when the Pads begin a three-game series in Arizona.
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Lananna quotes the skipper saying, “I think there’s a good chance — we’re hoping to see him in Arizona.”
Everth has been on the disabled list for nearly a month with a left hamstring strain. In addition, his arrest by the CHP last week have some speculating he went outside the normal treatment methods for a hammy strain.
Despite only playing 90 games this season, Cabrera leads the Padres with 18 stolen bases. However, his offensive numbers have been lackluster with a .232/.272/.300 slash, and 3 HR and 20 RBI.
Personally, I think all the feelings about Cabrera’s problems with the legal system will take a back seat until Major League Baseball or law enforcement decide otherwise. San Diego is on a 6-game losing streak, and the positives from a resurgent second half are quickly fading away. If you can score runs, there is a spot for you on the Padres.
I understand some people think a 50-game PED suspension from last season combined with a “suspicion of DUI” arrest is enough to kick a player off a team. However, management is looking at a 66-77 record with 19 games left, and wins/well-played games are much-needed heading into the offseason.