PEORIA, Ariz. -- Third baseman Chase Headley missed his second game in as many days with what he was calling a tight lower back.
Headley, a late scratch from Monday's game against the Mariners, said he arrived at the field Tuesday with his back feeling a little tight. He attempted to get loose during morning stretching, but the back did not respond well.
"I don't think it's anything terribly serious by any means. But where we are right now, there's no reason to push it," Headley said. "I think that we will probably take a day or two and let it calm down, and hopefully I'll be back."
Outfielder Chris Denorfia has also been kept from games with a sore back. However, Denorfia is able to take part in morning practice and workouts.
Elsewhere, Jason Bartlett's sore right knee continues to get better, manager Bud Black said. Outfielder Cameron Maybin, who was sent home Monday with the stomach flu, was back in the lineup Tuesday. Catcher John Baker was hit hard by a virus of some sorts. He'll work out with the team Tuesday, but won't likely appear in a game until Wednesday at the earliest.
Cabrera hopes outfield play gets noticed
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Now playing center field for the Padres ... Everth Cabrera?
Cabrera, who is here in camp trying to win the backup infield job, is apparently trying to add an entirely new position to his portfolio to add to his versatility: the outfield.
Cabrera played four innings in center field in the Padres' 13-7 loss to the Mariners on Monday. He ran down a few fly balls, showed pretty good instincts on going back on the ball and looked comfortable in an unfamiliar spot.
"He has the ability to go out there. He looked comfortable. His jumps and breaks looked good. He's been taking balls in the outfield in practice and batting practice," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He's very comfortable out there."
Cabrera has worked closely with first-base coach Dave Roberts on outfield play. Cabrera, who can play second base and shortstop, will see some time at third base as well this spring. And now, he's getting a look in the outfield.
"There's a lot of natural movements and instincts," Roberts said of Cabrera. "Obviously, it helps our ballclub having him be able to play three outfield positions. He's excited about the opportunity and is willing to do whatever it takes to help us out."
Cabrera, who got the start at shortstop on Tuesday against the Royals, actually approached the coaching staff upon his arrival in camp in 2009 and said he could play outfield if the team needed him. But at that point, the Padres wanted him to focus on the move from second base to shortstop.
Now, Cabrera is finally getting that look in the outfield he wanted.
"I like it. I want to keep learning it," he said. "That's a new position for me. I got a couple of fly balls [on Monday]. I felt really good. I felt comfortable."
Decker's spring homer has meaning behind it
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Home runs in Spring Training games typically aren't much to get excited about, though Padres outfielder Jaff Decker hit one on Monday that resonated a little deeper than it might have had someone else hit it.
Decker hit a ninth-inning home run in the Padres' 13-7 loss to the Mariners, jumping on a fastball that was middle in. The ball landed on the grass berm located above the home bullpen.
What made the home run special was who was there to see it.
Decker is from Peoria and said that his dad lives "five stoplights" from the Peoria Sports Complex. His mother lives within 10 minutes of where the Padres train and play their home games. Decker's sister and grandmother, like his parents, were on hand for his home run.
"My mom actually got a picture of the ball coming off the bat," said Decker, who was the 42nd overall pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of nearby Sunrise Mountain High. "My family tries to come to every game that they can."
Decker wouldn't describe himself as power hitter, though he did hit 19 last season playing for Double-A San Antonio of the Texas League.
"I'm more a hitter with power," he said.