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6/16/2014 10:33 P.M. ET

Seeking spark, Padres drop Everth to No. 8 spot

SEATTLE -- The Padres are willing to try just about anything to get shortstop Everth Cabrera going right offensively.

On Monday, that meant dropping him to No. 8 in the lineup for the first game of a two-game series at Safeco Field against the Mariners.

"The last 40, 50 at-bats have gone the other direction," said Padres manager Bud Black.

Cabrera, who has hit either first or second this season, entered play hitting .225 this season with a .102 average in June.

This is the first time Cabrera has hit eighth since 2012.

Cabrera hit a career-best .283 last season and was the team's lone All-Star representative but missed the final 50 games of the season after testing positive for testosterone.

MRI brings positive news on Erlin's sore elbow

SEATTLE -- The Padres got some good news regarding one of their injured pitchers, as left-hander Robbie Erlin will start a throwing program on Tuesday.

Erlin, on the disabled list since May 22 with left elbow soreness, had a second MRI on the elbow Friday that Padres manager Bud Black said "looked very good."

"It showed much improvement," Black said.

Erlin had a previous MRI on May 21, and at that time there was some fluid in the elbow. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 18.

Black cautioned that Erlin is still a ways off from returning, but this latest round of good news was very welcome for an organization that has had plenty of bad news regarding pitchers in recent years.

"He's probably still three weeks away from rehab games," Black said.

Erlin is 3-4 this season with a 4.53 ERA in nine appearances, including eight starts.

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.