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Padres activate All-Star candidate Everth Cabrera from DL

Jul 5, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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The 40-46 Padres, still surprisingly in the thick of things in the tight-knit NL West at 4.5 games behind, will get a boost in the lineup tonight as Everth Cabrera returns from the disabled list, per the team’s official Twitter. In a related move, 23-year-old right-hander Burch Smith, sitting on an 11.37 ERA in 12.2 innings, was optioned to Triple-A Tuscon.

Cabrera, putting up All-Star-caliber numbers, was sidelined since June 17 with a strained left hamstring. Until the injury, he had posted a .305/.382/.418 line with 31 stolen bases in 38 attempts. FanGraphs still has him as the most valuable shortstop in baseball at 3.6 Wins Above Replacement, a hair above Jean Segura at 3.5. In Cabrera’s absence, the Padres relied on Pedro Ciriaco at shortstop, but the former member of the Pirates and Red Sox organizations posted a paltry .634 OPS.

  1. gloccamorra - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    The game Cabrera was hurt, the Padres went one over .500, for their sixth straight win that later extended to seven total. In the 15 games he missed they’ve gone 4-11 and are now in a seven game losing streak, seven games under .500. The team is nearly back where they started at the beginning of their seven game winning streak.

    The amazing thing is the Padres are still in the divisional race, even though they’ve lost their first baseman, second baseman, and center fielder, lost their third baseman to a thumb injury at the beginning of the season, and the Commissioner gave their cleanup hitter Carlos Quentin eight games off in April. Apparently nobody wants the division title this year.

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