Cabrera returns to Padres' lineup

Cabrera returns to Padres' lineup

SAN DIEGO -- Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, who hadn't played in a game since April 26 because of a strained right hamstring, was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday and was in the starting lineup against the Dodgers.

Cabrera was placed on the DL on April 30 (retroactive to April 27), when the pain in his hamstring became too much for him to play with.

Cabrera said he injured the hamstring coming in for a ground ball hit by Giants pitcher Matt Cain in a game at PETCO Park on April 19. He continued to play on it for several more days because, as he said, "I don't want to be on the DL."

In the six games following the injury on April 19, Cabrera went 2-for-16 at the plate. The Padres finally decided he needed to sit for recover for a period of time.

"I played like at 50 percent," Cabrera said.

Cabrera played in games with Class A Lake Elsinore on Monday, Tuesday and again on Thursday, when he had two hits. He was 3-for-10 playing for the Storm.

"He had a good week at Elsinore," Black said, noting that the reports from the staff there were positive. "His leg is good. He's got the green light."

Cabrera missed 15 games with the injury. Jerry Hairston Jr. got 13 starts at shortstop in his absence and rookie Lance Zawadzki -- who was sent back to Triple-A Portland on Friday -- made two starts.