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03/07/2013 4:50 PM ET

Cabrera's right-handed swing progressing nicely

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The sample size couldn't be much smaller, but the Padres have been encouraged from what they've seen from shortstop Everth Cabrera's right-handed swing this spring.

A switch-hitter, Cabrera has three hits in five at-bats from the right side, but it's been his side work with hitting coach Phil Plantier and also assistant hitting coach Alonzo Powell that has the team encouraged his dismal .195 mark right-handed will be better in 2013.

"It's more of a shorter, direct path to the ball," manager Bud Black said of Cabrera. "It's trying to keep the ball out of the air. He needs to work on line drive, down. That's his challenge."

Last season, Cabrera hit .246 overall in 398 at-bats, but hit just .195 in 113 at-bats from the right side. The Padres, who could choose to use Logan Forsythe at shortstop against left-handed pitchers, would like to see Cabrera become more proficient at hitting breaking balls.

"It's putting the bat on the ball more consistently, making sure he recognizes breaking ball, picks up spin and reacts accordingly," Black said.

The work on Cabrera's swing, right-handed and left-handed, started long before he got to Peoria last month.

"He and Phil have been working real hard on his swing this winter," Black said. "Everth spent a lot of time in Los Angeles working at a performance center. Then he would drive down to Phil's house and work in his backyard."

Adamson adjusting to time change after Classic

PEORIA, Ariz. -- In desperate need of sleep, Corey Adamson wandered around the team's spring facility on Thursday looking a bit beleaguered with the exception of a smile on his face.

Adamson's flight from Taiwan, with a short stop in Los Angeles, landed in Phoenix around 1 a.m. When Adamson, who played for Team Australia in the World Baseball Classic, finally arrived at the team hotel, the 21-year-old outfielder couldn't sleep.

So he showed up in Peoria a day ahead of the rest of the Minor League position players, hoping to try and stay awake until a normal hour. It was all worth it, he said.

"It was a short trip, we went to Taiwan for some practice game, then Japan and then back to Taiwan," Adamson said. "It was like a Major League experience, the greatest thing I've been through, playing in front of 50,000 fans."

Team Australia went 0-3 in Pool B play with losses to Chinese Taipei, Korea and the Netherlands. As for Adamson, he was used as a pinch-hitter. He had two hits in three at-bats.

Adamson, who signed with the Padres as an undrafted free agent when he was 16, is coming off a huge season in the Australian Baseball League, where he hit .321 in 134 at-bats for Perth.

In parts of four Minor League seasons, where he's typically been one of the youngest players at every level he has played, Adamson has a .220/.306/.286 line. He will begin the 2013 season with Class A Fort Wayne of the Midwest League.

"Coming over 16, 17, playing my first season when I was 18, I'm still a young kid compared to all of the college guys around," he said. "I wouldn't trade this experience for anything. Being able to work my way to where I'm at now, I feel I've got a little advantage over guys coming out of high school and college now."

Short hops

• Left fielder Carlos Quentin is tentatively scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Friday against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch in Glendale. Quentin, who had minor surgery on his right knee in October, has been taking part in full drills. The Padres have withheld him from games so far due to the longer Spring Training.

• Right-hander Andrew Cashner threw live batting practice on Thursday morning for the first time this spring. The reports were good on the right-hander, who suffered a lacerated tendon in his right thumb in December.

"The ball was coming out of his hand great," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He's close."

Black said he would confer with his coaches as to the role in which Cashner will be used.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.