Cabrera to D.L., Conrad up, and Cashner Can Catch

New York Yankees v San Diego PadresThe Padres go for their first series sweep of the season Wednesday afternoon (12:40 p.m.) at Petco Park. But it won’t be easy.

Major League earned run leader Johnny Cueto (1.88) is starting for the Reds against Tyson Ross in a matchup of right-handers. Opponents are hitting .171 against Cueto this season, which is also the best mark in the Major Leagues.

Before the game, the Padres placed shortstop Everth Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list and promoted infielder Brooks Conrad from Triple-A El Paso, where the Monte Vista High grad is hitting .275 with 18 homers and 57 RBIs.

Bud Black’s thoughts:

  • “Cabrera was going to be at least a week to 10 days away,” said the manager. “Playing with 24 guys is difficult. And bringing him back too soon could be disastrous”
  • Alexi Amarista becomes the Padres primary shortstop until Cabrera returns, although recently-acquired Irving Falu can also play short. “Lexi is a very good defender,” said Black.
  • Right-handed pitcher Andrew Cashner will play catch today.
  • Black on Conrad: “He’s primarily a second baseman. He’s got some bat. He’s a switch-hitter.”
  • To make room for Conrad on the 40-man roster, the Padres moved left-handed relief pitcher Troy Patton (shoulder strain) from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

Tune into FOX Sports San Diego and The Mighty 1090 at 12:40 PT for full game coverage.

1 Comment

The headline to this article is misleading. I was hoping to read about how Andrew Cashner is willing to do whatever it takes to help this team win, including play catcher.

Oh well. FWIW, I have a glove and will provide my own ball if Cashner needs a throwing partner. Anxious to help in any way I can.

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