08/26/12 12:26 AM ET
Catch Cabrera if you can: Steal streak ends at 24
By Jose Romero / Special to MLB.com
However, in the third inning against Arizona, Cabrera was caught stealing second base by D-backs' catcher Miguel Montero.
Cabrera's 24 stolen bases in a row were the longest streak of successful attempts in club history to start a season, a mark Cabrera is well aware of. His keys to success in this specialized field of baseball?
"Well, first it's that my legs are healthy," Cabrera said. "I worked on my technique hard in the offseason and tried to focus on the details of timing the pitchers. Also, the help I've had from [bench coach Rick] Renteria and [first base coach] Dave Roberts. They've given me a lot of information."
Cabrera dealt with injuries that put him on the disabled list twice in each of the past two seasons. In 2010, his right hamstring gave him trouble. But he's been grateful to be healthy all season.
"I've always had the ability throughout my career to steal bases, but what helped me, I think, was to try to understand what the pitcher does," Cabrera said. "What does the pitcher do when he goes toward home? What does he throw in what count? Does he like the curve ball? All the little things to make me better. I keep learning because I always want to learn."
Renteria helps provide information on the pitchers and Roberts was one of the game's best base-stealers not too long ago.
"When I'm on base, Roberts says to try to get a good jump and if I think I can steal it, go for it," Cabrera said.
Cabrera's streak goes back even further. Going back to Sept. 17, 2010, he had stolen 28 bases in a row in the Majors, and he stole 15 without being caught while in the Minors earlier this season.
Headley's wrist sore but fine after taking liner
PHOENIX -- Padres third baseman Chase Headley's left wrist was sore, but it didn't keep him out of Saturday's lineup. Headley was hit in the wrist with a line drive when he went up for the ball during Friday's game.
"It's a little sore, but it's just bruised," Headley said. "Got some treatment on it, it should be fine. It hurt. You just hope it's nothing too serious."
Headley took batting practice before the game and wasn't wearing anything protective over the wrist. He said most of his treatment for the injury involved ice.
"Good spot to be hit," he said.
Starting pitcher Jason Marquis saw a hand specialist in Phoenix for the broken bone in his left hand, manager Bud Black said. Marquis was placed on the disabled list Thursday. His spot in the rotation comes up Monday, and the Padres will name the replacement for Marquis Sunday.
RHP Andrew Cashner is scheduled to pitch Sunday and RHP Anthony Bass on Tuesday in rehab assignments at AAA Tucson as they both continue their comeback from injuries and the disabled list.
"They're gaining on September, which is a good thing," Black said, adding that their innings will increase but he doubts either will be ready by Sept. 1.
Injured closer Huston Street will throw off a mound Sunday, and LHP Joe Thatcher (on the DL with a knee injury) is scheduled for a simulated game Monday at Petco Park.
INF/OF James Darnell is having a second surgery on his left shoulder next week. Darnell has been on the disabled list since May 18.
Jose Romero is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.