04/14/2013 10:15 PM ET
Cabrera discusses coming close to cycle
By Scott Bair / Special to MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- Everth Cabrera understood the situation when he took his final at-bat of Saturday's 9-5 loss to Colorado. The Padres shortstop was a double away from the first cycle in franchise history and was willing stretch a clear single to get it.
But when a hard ground ball made a beeline for Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler, Cabrera stopped at first and lamented an opportunity missed.
"I'm always trying to hit a double, and I certainly was in that instance," Cabrera said. "I know the history here and what a cycle would mean to the fans. If there was any chance to take two there, I would have done it. But the ball went right to the center fielder. Given the situation in the game, I had to take the base hit and stay put."
While a milestone wasn't met, Cabrera is happy to be hitting so well in this early season. Entering Sunday's game, he is hitting .302 with a .375 on-base percentage primarily as the team's leadoff hitter.
"The only goal is to put a good swing on the ball, and right now I'm doing that," Cabrera said. "I feel really good at the plate. I have since the start of Spring Training, which is encouraging. The goal is to stay consistent and, most importantly, to start winning ball games."
Cabrera went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a walk on Sunday. It was just his fourth hitless game of the season.
Headley gets in work at third in rehab game
SAN DIEGO -- Padres third baseman Chase Headley made the second start of his Minor League rehab assignment with Class A Lake Elsinore of Sunday afternoon, his first in the field.
He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts for the Storm. Headley plans to play the field again on Monday, although that decision hasn't officially been made.
Headley is expected to return to the Padres this week, barring a setback in the rehab of his fractured left thumb. Headley hasn't played this season after getting hurt March 17 in a Spring Training game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Padres call up Blanks, send Weber to Triple-A
SAN DIEGO -- Thad Weber saw Kyle Blanks' No. 88 jersey in the Padres locker room on Sunday and assumed the worst. The relief pitcher, called up just days before, was headed back to Triple-A Tucson.
Blanks was officially promoted from Tucson late Saturday night and was on the bench for Sunday's game against the Rockies.
The switch was made to realign the roster with 12 pitchers and make up for the loss of outfield Carlos Quentin.
Another position player became crucial when Quentin dropped his appeal of an eight-game suspension for his role in a benches-clearing brawl with the Dodgers on Thursday. The suspension, which officially began Sunday, drops the roster limit to 24.
It also created a need for Blanks, who plays first base and the outfield. Blanks isn't thinking of himself as Quentin's replacement.
"I can't look at it like that," Blanks said. "I have to stay here, play my game and hopefully produce some good results."
Blanks has been swinging well. He hit .354 with 14 RBIs in Spring Training and was 8-for-27 (.296) with Tucson this season.
"I feel comfortable at the plate," Blanks said. "Regardless of how long I'm up here or where I'm playing, I want to keep producing with the bat. I'm fully healthy, which is the most important thing. Those things are the keys that will keep me going strong."
Weber was brought up to spell a bullpen taxed by a series of short outings by the starting rotation. He did so Saturday, throwing 3 2/3 innings -- he gave up two runs and walked three -- after starter Edinson Volquez couldn't get through the fourth inning.
"I've been in this situation before, and I thought I was going to be up here to help save some arms," Weber said. "It is what it is. I'm glad I was able to pitch and eat some innings. I could've shown better, but I'm still in a good place. I hope I can come back up and help the club in the near future."
• Padres outfielder Mark Kostay has a mild left hamstring strain sustained in Saturday's game that manager Bud Black considers day to day. Kotsay is also battling flu-like symptoms.
• Sunday was Military Opening Day at Petco Park. The Padres honored all branches of the military in a pregame ceremony, and soldiers were in attendance for the game. As they do every Sunday home game, the Padres wore camouflage jerseys and green hats.
• Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia snapped his nine-game hitting streak on Sunday. He was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Scott Bair is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.