On Friday, the Padres will reinstate shortstop Everth Cabrera from the disabled list. He's missed the last 17 games with a strained left hamstring. Manager Bud Black has called Cabrera "arguably the team's MVP" and he hopes his return can provide a spark the team needs.
"He was playing extremely well, he was a catalyst," Black said. "He was very instrumental is us climbing over .500. His on-base percentage, his defense have both been so solid. His stolen bases, you can measure just statistically what he's meant to us."
Cabrera was hitting .305 with a .382 on-base percentage and a National League-best 31 steals when he landed on the disabled list.
Down four position players -- second baseman Jedd Gyorko, first baseman Yonder Alonso, center fielder Cameron Maybin and shortstop Everth Cabrera -- the Padres don't have much in the way of depth. And it's showed recently, as it's been difficult to give position players a breather in this stretch.
"When you're not scoring, things look a little flat," Black said. "We're playing hard, we're just not scoring runs in the last five games."
The Padres will need to make a roster move Friday when Cabrera joins the team. The Padres have been carrying 13 pitchers, and there's a good chance they'll reduce that number to 12 in order to add a player to Black's bench mix.