ANAHEIM -- Looking for that last piece of the puzzle for the Padres infield, manager Bud Black said before Sunday's game against the Angels that Everth Cabrera had earned a spot on the 25-man roster as the main utility infielder.
"He has really played well these past few days," Black said. "Having him focus on defense has really helped him offensively."
While the Padres haven't ruled out finding another infielder outside the organization, Black said Cabrera has earned the job.
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In 26 Spring Training games, Cabrera had a .218 average with 12 hits, six runs scored and three stolen bases.
"We have really tried to shift the mindset and improve his catching and throwing," Black said. "Once he has taken his mind off of the offense, he has done better."
Maybin slated to be back in lineup Monday
ANAHEIM -- After leaving Thursday's game with right quadriceps tightness, Cameron Maybin is set to return to the lineup Monday, Padres manager Bud Black said Sunday.
If Maybin experiences any unexpected tightness, Black said he will then participate in baseball activities on Monday and play Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers.
"He felt pretty good today and is getting checked out by the trainers," said Black before Sunday's exhibition game against the Angels here.
In 15 games this spring, Maybin has an average of .341 and has scored 10 runs.
With Tim Stauffer set to be the Padres' Opening Day starter come Thursday, Black said he will officially announce the rest of his starting rotation later in the week. ... Black said that pitcher Joe Thatcher would start the season on the disabled list and that utility player Eric Patterson would likely join him there, as well.
Quinn Roberts is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.