8/12/2014 9:57 P.M. ET
Hamstring strain sends Cabrera back to DL
By Will Laws / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera is a player who relies on his legs to both cover a lot of ground in the infield and cause trouble for opposing defenses on the basepaths.
It might be troubling, then, that Cabrera was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a left hamstring strain for the second time in two months and the third time since the beginning of last season.
The team had been hopeful that Cabrera could avoid another DL stint, but an MRI revealed that the injury was not just a cramp, as the team had initially indicated when Cabrera was a late scratch on Sunday.
"He isn't going to be able to bounce back as quickly as we hoped," said Padres manager Bud Black. "After looking at the MRI [on Monday], our team doctors thought that … This is going to take a stint on the disabled list."
Cabrera missed 21 games in July with a strain just inches away from the current injury. He was reinstated on July 29 and had hit .350 in 40 at-bats since returning, but Cabrera aggravated the hamstring again while stealing a base in Saturday's 2-1 victory over the Pirates.
Alexi Amarista will likely see the majority of playing time at shortstop, as he did during Cabrera's previous trip to the DL.
Goebbert gets another look from Padres
COLORADO -- The Padres recalled first baseman/outfielder Jake Goebbert from Triple-A El Paso to take the injured Everth Cabrera's place on the 25-man roster and make his second stint in the big leagues.
Goebbert has thrived offensively with Triple-A El Paso since being sent down on July 26, recording a line of .417/.527/.750 with 13 walks and 10 strikeouts in 16 games.
"Having the confidence of knowing that I've been up here really helped me," Goebbert said. "Once you get a taste, this is where you want to play. I'm just grateful to be here and have another chance."
Goebbert hit .250 in 48 at-bats earlier this season with San Diego. He's hitting a combined .296 with 14 home runs and 60 RBIs this season in two Triple-A stops, including a .322 mark with El Paso.
Padres manager Bud Black thinks that Goebbert could be poised to replicate his impressive Minor League numbers as a left-handed hitter off the bench for the Padres.
"The decision went into what balances us out better, with Jake or bringing a [middle] infielder back with Cabrera [injured], which might've been a thought," Black said. "When you look at the composition of our roster right now, maybe a little more offensive person on the bench comes into play. … I think [Goebbert] gives that to us."
From a mental aspect, Black thinks players can get into a groove more easily once they've been called up from the Minors multiple times. Goebbert's first cup of coffee was "a dream come true," as he had the opportunity to play in front of his family and friends when the Padres visited the Cubs for a series at Wrigley Field, not far from his Illinois hometown.
"Having that opportunity was very special for me and something I've always dreamed of," Goebbert said. "But now it's time to put these dreams into reality and start working on perfecting my goals and becoming the player I want to be."
• Andrew Cashner will make a rehab start for El Paso on Wednesday and throw four innings or 60 pitches, whichever comes first. If that outing goes well, he'll make another start for the Chihuahuas on Monday, spanning about five innings or 75 pitches.
• Carlos Quentin has not yet traveled to Los Angeles to see a specialized knee doctor as planned, and Black indicated there was no rush regarding Quentin's appointment since the veteran outfielder is still feeling soreness.
Will Laws is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.