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Padres place breakout player Everth Cabrera on 15-day DL

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Everth Cabrera will have to take a break from stealing bases for a few weeks. (USATSI
Everth Cabrera will have to take a break from stealing bases for a few weeks. (USATSI)

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The Padres have placed shortstop Everth Cabrera on the 15-day DL with a left hamstring strain, the team announced Wednesday. The move is retroactive to Monday.

Cabrera, 26, is hitting .305/.382/.418 with a league-leading 31 stolen bases in 69 games for San Diego. He quietly led the NL with 44 stolen bases in 115 games last summer. Since taking over as the team's regular shortstop and leadoff hitter in 2012, he has hit .270/.348/.363 (103 OPS+) with a ridiculous 75 steals in 86 attempts. That's an 87 percent success, which is far better than the league average.

The Padres originally acquired Cabrera from the Rockies in the 2008 Rule 5 Draft. He jumped from Low Class-A ball to the big leagues in 2009 and handled himself well (95 OPS+), but he spent 2010-11 bouncing between MLB and minors in addition to battling injury. The Padres have been rewarded for their patience.

To fill Cabrera's roster spot, the Padres have recalled outfielder Jaff Decker from Triple-A. The 23-year-old is hitting .260/.379/.398 with five homers in 63 minor league games this year and he has yet to appear in a big league game despite being called up briefly earlier this season.

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