08/21/12 10:50 PM ET
Werner excited for first big league action
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
Cabrera is thriving in leadoff role
SAN DIEGO -- It wasn't all that long ago when Padres infielder Everth Cabrera approached manager Bud Black with a question pertaining to his spot in the lineup."He's mentioned it before, 'How do I go from the bottom of the order to the top?'" Black said Tuesday. The short answer, Black said, was to produce. To that end, Cabrera has done so in starts Sunday and Monday from the top of the order, going 6-for-10 with one stolen base and two RBIs. Not surprisingly, Cabrera was back in the leadoff spot Tuesday against the Pirates. Two games surely rate as a small sample, though Black is encouraged and intrigued about Cabrera hitting leadoff. "It's more about the potential," Black said. "Based on the speed component, Cabbie has the potential to impact the opponent with his basestealing. Having that at the top of the order is advantageous for our club." These are the first three games this season that Cabrera has hit leadoff. The Padres have also used Will Venable, Cameron Maybin, Alexi Amarista, Chris Denorfia and Logan Forsythe in that spot. Cabrera, a switch-hitter, has been far more effective hitting left-handed (.290) than right-handed (.190) this season. But Black wasn't about to make any sweeping, definitive statements about Cabrera, who is 25 years old. "It's a process for Cabbie," Black said. "He's still developing as a player. He's not a finished product by any means." Entering Tuesday's game, the Padres' leadoff hitters had the 11th-best on-base percentage in the National League at .316 and the 10th best batting average (.253).
Cashner makes first rehab start
SAN DIEGO -- Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner, on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle, made his first Minor League rehabilitation appearance on Tuesday.Cashner, pitching for Triple-A Tucson, allowed three hits with two strikeouts in two scoreless innings of work in a game in Fresno. He threw 30 pitches, 21 for strikes. Cashner landed on the disabled list on July 4, one day after suffering the injury after he completed two innings in a start against the D-backs. Cashner, who began the season as the Padres' eighth-inning specialist before moving into the rotation in June, will gradually build his endurance with Tucson before he's able to rejoin the Padres. This season, Cashner is 3-3 with a 3.44 ERA in 30 games. In three starts, he had a 2.53 ERA over 10 2/3 innings. Pitcher Anthony Bass, on the disabled list since June 21 with right shoulder inflammation, will make his first start for Tucson on Wednesday.
The Padres announced Tuesday that they have extended their player-development contract with Class A Lake Elsinore through the 2014 season. The Storm, who play in the California League, have been the Padres' top Class A affiliate since 2001 and have finished with a winning record in nine of the previous 11 seasons. Since becoming a Padres affiliate, 46 former Storm players have reached the Major Leagues and made their debut with the Padres.