SAN DIEGO -- Shortstop Everth Cabrera broke the hamate bone in his right hand and will be out for six weeks -- two seasons after suffering the same injury in his other hand.
Cabrera, playing at the Triple-A level, returned to San Diego on Monday to have the hand examined. He was hitting .282 with 10 stolen bases in 22 games for the Tucson Padres.
San Diego manager Bud Black had received positive reports on Cabrera's play from Tucson manager Terry Kennedy.
"[Kennedy] said that he's playing well, his defense is pretty steady," Black said. "Getting his stolen bases, getting some hits. I think if you picture the way [Cabrera] plays, that's how he's been playing."
After getting off to a fast start in 2009, the Rule 5 Draft pick suffered the broken bone in his left hand after being hit by a pitch. He returned two months later and ultimately played in 103 games in the Majors, collecting 25 steals during his rookie campaign.
Plagued by injuries again last season, Cabrera went on the disabled list twice with hamstring issues. He played in 76 games, batting .208 and stealing 10 bases.