5/11/2014 4:32 P.M. ET
Padres could shift Ross, break up lefty starters
By Tim Powers / Special to MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- With a much-needed off-day on Monday, the Padres and manager Bud Black may consider reshuffling their starting rotation as the club heads on a six-game road trip to Cincinnati and Colorado.
The rotation as it stands has two left-handers, Eric Stults and Sunday's starter Robbie Erlin, pitching in back-to-back slots. Swapping Stults with right-hander Tyson Ross may provide some advantage in alternating between righty and lefty pitchers.
Black said he and pitching coach Darren Balsley are taking into account a number of factors when deciding whether or not to use the extra day afforded them, including how Ross, who allowed only one run in seven innings on Friday, has been pitching.
"I've got to talk to Darren about that," Black said. "Whether we split up the lefties or not. We may have [Stults] pitch Thursday or have Tyson pitch Thursday. We are going to look at that a little closer. We're going to talk about all that and what makes sense."
As it stands, Andrew Cashner will open the series in Cincinnati on Tuesday, followed by Ian Kennedy on Wednesday. The game in question will come on Thursday, when the club will decide whether to bump Stults, who will have had four days' rest, up to the third spot in the rotation. Ross would then pitch Friday and Erlin on Saturday.
"Tyson is pretty good too, now," Black said. "We want to get him out there as much as possible. We'll see what makes sense."
Cabrera misses finale after birth of daughter
SAN DIEGO -- Shortstop Everth Cabrera was absent from the Padres' clubhouse and the lineup on Sunday, but for a good reason -- and an especially appropriate one on Mother's Day.
Cabrera and his wife, Connie, welcomed their second child -- a baby girl named Erika -- late Saturday night. Manager Bud Black said the couple and new baby were doing well, and that the team was trying to get in touch with Cabrera.
Black joked that he wanted to see if Cabrera could still head to the ballpark on Sunday in case the Padres needed him to play.
"Everything is going great," Black said. "We are trying as we speak to get a hold of Cabby and see what's going on, see if he can break away for a couple of hours and put the uni on and then maybe go back."
Cabrera joins a number of other Padres players who have recently welcomed new babies into the world. The list includes Jedd Gyorko, Dale Thayer, Chris Denorfia, Seth Smith, Chase Headley and Josh Johnson. Black again joked about the number of recent births on the team all happening around the same timeframe.
"Something happened, you know I've got to do the calendar math, but something happened like last August or September," Black said. "Something happened there for all those boys."
• Xavier Nady, who was designated for assignment on Monday, declined an assignment to Triple-A El Paso and is now a free agent. Nady hit .135 with four home runs in 22 games for the Padres this season.
• Also designated for assignment by the Padres, pitcher Hector Ambriz, accepted his assignment to El Paso.
Tim Powers is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.