5/26/2014 8:10 P.M. ET
Cabrera going opposite way to heat up bat
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Everth Cabrera appears to be on the brink of hitting his way out of a monthlong funk, as he has four multihit games in the Padres' last 15 games.
It's not so much the amount of hits that leads hitting coach Phil Plantier to believe Cabrera is back on a right track, but where many of the balls are going -- to the opposite field.
Cabrera, the switch-hitting shortstop, has seen 29 of his 49 hits go to the opposite field this season -- that's 59.2 percent, which ranks him first in the Major Leagues.
On May 23, Cabrera, hitting left-handed, hit two balls hard to left field for singles. Plantier would like to see more of that.
"For Cabby, it's extremely important," Plantier said. "It's always important to remember what you are good at. And from both sides of the plate, he's had success working up the middle and also going the other way.
"He got away from that a little bit."
Cabrera was hitting .329 on April 21, but proceeded to hit .183 with a .222 on-base percentage over the next month in 120 at-bats.
"He's doing it the right way now, with a lot of hard, low trajectory with backspin," Plantier said. "You look at last year and against lefties, he did the bulk of his damage working the big part of the field."
Gyorko making strides with glove work
PHOENIX -- It hasn't been just a rough start on offense that Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko has endured thus far.
In the first 25 games of the season, Gyorko had four errors -- the same amount he had all of last season in 117 games.
"There were a couple of tough plays early in the year that I still probably should have made," he said.
Since then, and after extensive side work with third-base coach Glenn Hoffman, who handles working with the infielders, Gyorko has improved dramatically. Going into Monday's game against the D-backs, Gyorko had two errors in his last 24 games.
Better still, in the team's last homestand, he made several fine plays, ranging far to his left to get balls that appeared destined for right field, only to turn them into outs.
"The work with Hoffy has been more just concentrating on making the routine play," Gyorko said. "The tough plays, a lot of times they're coin-flips."
Cuban pitcher Despaigne promoted to Triple-A
PHOENIX -- The Padres have promoted right-handed pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne from Double-A San Antonio to Triple-A El Paso.
Despaigne, a 27-year-old Cuban, will make his Triple-A debut Tuesday after impressing in the Texas League, allowing one earned run in 7 2/3 innings over two starts. He allowed four hits with five walks and 12 strikeouts.
"He threw well in his two starts for San Antonio, mixing all of his pitches from varied arm angles," said Padres vice president of player development Randy Smith. "We felt that he was ready for another challenge against more experienced hitters."
The hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, with varied hitting environments, should provide that. The Padres, who signed Despaigne for $1 million, feel he's up for the challenge.
"Odrisamer is experienced and savvy enough that he will be able to adjust to hitters at the next level," Smith said. "He's a fun guy to watch as he throws everything except the kitchen sink and he may have thrown that, too."
• Right-hander Andrew Cashner threw his second flat-ground session before Monday's game and is set to throw a bullpen session Tuesday at Chase Field before the Padres face the D-backs. Cashner has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 17 with soreness in his right elbow. He said Monday that the elbow feels strong and that he'll know more after Tuesday's session. His manager, Bud Black, seems optimistic as well.
"I'm looking forward to that," Black said of Cashner's bullpen session. "He's encouraged how he feels. As of right now, it's headed in the right direction."
• Outfielder Will Venable was in the original lineup Monday in center field but was a scratch due to a sore right foot. He was hit on the foot by a Jason Hammel pitch in the first inning of the Padres' 4-3 victory over the Cubs on Sunday. He remained in the game and even stole a base later that inning. Alexi Amarista replaced Venable in Monday's adjusted lineup.