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Cedeno has made the most of his callup

Cedeno has made the most of his callup

Cedeno has made the most of his callup

SAN DIEGO -- A day after All-Star shortstop Everth Cabrera was suspended for the rest of the season for violating baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the Padres recalled shortstop Ronny Cedeno from Class A Lake Elsinore to take his spot on the roster.

The move was made to give the team a player with experience at the position.

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Cedeno has provided good defense and much more in his first 22 games with the Padres. He entered Saturday's game against the Rockies hitting .300 in his first 70 at-bats with the team after signing a Minor League deal with the organization on Aug. 3. He also has two home runs.

"We've seen a little bit of that bat in the past with other Major League clubs," said manager Bud Black. "With less than 100 at-bats, I don't want to get overly excited about what we've seen. But watching him in batting practice, watching him in games, he's shown a little more raw power than I thought."

Cedeno was released by the Astros on July 27 after hitting .220.

"There's some strength to his body and strength to his swing. I don't want to say it's surprising. [Hitting coach Phil Plantier] is encouraged by some of the things they've worked on," Black said.

The 30-year-old Cedeno, now with his sixth organization, has held up his end defensively, too.

"Defensively, he's been fine. … We've seen the good hands and the good arm," said Black. "He has made some nice plays. He's done a nice job."

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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